Zuma’s son plans to build ho­tel in Vic Falls

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pa­trick Chi­tumba Mid­lands Bureau Chief

THE son of South African pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma, Selby, plans to in­vest in a new ho­tel in Vic­to­ria Falls.

In an in­ter­view on the side­lines of the re-launch of The Golden Mile Ho­tel in Kwekwe at the week­end, Mr Selby Zuma de­scribed Zim­babwe as a safe and at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion for in­vest­ment.

He said with his lo­cal part­ner, Mr Solomon Matsa, the new owner of Golden Mile Ho­tel, they had plans to in­vest more in the coun­try and cre­ate em­ploy­ment.

“I love Zim­babwe and I’m al­ways here. One of my sis­ters is mar­ried here. We are look­ing at a pos­si­ble joint ven­ture to con­struct a ho­tel in Vic­to­ria Falls with Solomon,” Mr Zuma said.

He said Zim­babwe and South Africa will al­ways be there for each other even when the econ­omy is not look­ing well.

Mr Zuma said all coun­tries have prob­lems but what needs to be done is for cit­i­zens to work to­gether, pulling in the same di­rec­tion for de­vel­op­ment.

“The re­la­tion­ship be­tween Zim­babwe and South Africa dates back to the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle. My fa­ther and other ANC mem­bers were pro­tected here in Zim­babwe. We have a rich his­tory be­tween ANC and Zanu-PF and so things will get bet­ter,”he said.

Mr Zuma said in­vest­ing in Zim­babwe would cre­ate em­ploy­ment and de­velop the econ­omy.

Mr Matsa said he came a long way with Mr Zuma and the two were busi­ness part­ners.

Of­fi­cially open­ing the re­fur­bished Golden Mile Ho­tel on Satur­day, Act­ing Pres­i­dent Emmerson Mnan­gagwa said the Govern­ment had set aside 378 hectares of land in Vic­to­ria Falls for tourism de­vel­op­ment and the re­sort town had been iden­ti­fied as a spe­cial tourism eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment zone.

Speak­ing at the same oc­ca­sion, the act­ing Min­is­ter of Tourism, Cde Makhosini Hlongwane, said the re-launch of Golden Mile Ho­tel is a ma­jor mile­stone not only to Kwekwe and the Mid­lands prov­ince but to the na­tion at large in terms of eco­nomic re­vival through tourism.

De­spite neg­a­tive cov­er­age in the Western me­dia, Zim­babwe re­mains a prime in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion for for­eign­ers, while lo­cals are gear­ing to take ad­van­tage of the vast nat­u­ral re­sources in the coun­try.

Nige­rian ty­coon, Mr Aliko Dan­gote, is ex­plor­ing multi-mil­lion dol­lar in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in min­ing and ce­ment pro­duc­tion while Rus­sian in­vestors are keen to in­ject about $4 mil­lion into a plat­inum ven­ture in the Great Dyke.

Del­e­ga­tions from coun­tries that in­clude China, France, Turkey and Ger­many are also eye­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in sec­tors like min­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing, agro pro­cess­ing, tourism and health care. — @ pchi­tumba1

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