Vic Falls col­lege ven­tures into boat build­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Leonard Ncube in Vic­to­ria Falls

DADANI Tech­ni­cal Col­lege in Vic­to­ria Falls has ven­tured into man­u­fac­tur­ing of boats, ca­noes, kayaks and other fi­bre­glass equip­ment used by tourists for var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties in the re­sort town.

The project is ex­pected to con­trib­ute im­mensely to en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills de­vel­op­ment in line with the vo­ca­tional-tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ment thrust.

All along tour op­er­a­tors have been ac­quir­ing such equip­ment for use in raft­ing, bungee jump­ing and ca­noe­ing from Harare and out­side the coun­try.

The com­mence­ment of the project was re­vealed by Em­ploy­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Tourism and Sa­fari Op­er­a­tors pres­i­dent, Mr Cle­ment Muk­wasi dur­ing an event at the school.

He said tour op­er­at­ing com­pa­nies will pro­vide a ready mar­ket for the prod­ucts. Mr Muk­wasi chal­lenged schools to adopt a skills based ed­u­ca­tion ap­proach to pro­duce self-re­liant in­di­vid­u­als who do not as­pire to be em­ployed but to em­ploy.

“While some schools fo­cus on sport as their ex­tracur­ric­u­lar do­main, Dadani fo­cuses on skills ori­ented de­vel­op­ment to aid those chil­dren whose in­tel­lect on aca­demics is less favourable.

“I am happy to an­nounce that ca­noes, kayaks, boats and other fi­bre­glass fa­cil­i­ties used by tourists in Vic­to­ria Falls are now go­ing to be man­u­fac­tured by you school­child­ren here at Dadani and wish to as­sure you that the tourism in­dus­try, which I lead shall be ea­gerly wait­ing to buy the prod­ucts as soon as they are on the mar­ket,” said Mr Muk­wasi who was guest of hon­our.

He said Vic­to­ria Falls des­per­ately re­quires a tech­ni­cal school to im­part skills to lo­cals so that com­pa­nies do not im­port skilled labour from other cities and towns to work in the re­sort town.

The school head Mrs Gla­dys Ndlovu ap­pealed to the cor­po­rate world to as­sist by tak­ing her pupils for in­dus­trial at­tach­ment.

“I would want to thank the guest of hon­our who has do­nated text books for var­i­ous sub­jects and some or­gan­i­sa­tions for their var­i­ous do­na­tions.

“We would want to ap­peal to par­ents to pay fees as all our projects are funded from fees and also ap­peal to the busi­ness world to help us by tak­ing our pupils for in­dus­trial at­tach­ment,” said Mrs Ndlovu. — @ ncubeleon

Lo­cal ho­tels con­tinue record­ing losses de­spite the in­flow of tourists into the coun­try since tourists have re­sorted to camp­ing. The pic­ture taken on Wed­nes­day last week in Hwange shows a con­voy of tourist ve­hi­cles tow­ing car­a­vans on their way to Vic­to­ria Falls. — Pic­ture by Eliah Saushoma

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