Miss Tourism Zim prom­ises world class event

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Worldwide - Bon­gani Ndlovu

WHAT Zim­babwe will wit­ness at the Miss Tourism Zim­babwe (MTZ) fi­nals next month will be breath­tak­ing, beyond the nor­mal, in­ter­na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive and phe­nom­e­nal, or­gan­is­ers of the pageant have said. This is be­cause South Africa-based Zim­bab­wean busi­ness­man, Jus­tice Maphosa — the brains be­hind the ac­claimed Gwanda Gospel fes­ti­val is the main spon­sor of the in­au­gu­ral pageant sched­uled for Novem­ber 25 at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre. From suc­cess­fully host­ing the gospel jam­boree which had a typ­i­cal Dur­ban July setup and at­tracted top SA gospel acts, Maphosa through his Big Time Strate­gic Group and SA Zim Busi­ness Con­nec­tion will be tak­ing the top of the range stage and equip­ment — sim­i­lar to that used in Gwanda — to Harare to give the pageant the glitz and glam it de­serves. Maphosa was un­veiled as the Miss Tourism Zim­babwe main spon­sor at a colour­ful cer­e­mony held at an up­mar­ket club in the cap­i­tal on Tues­day. MTZ spokesper­son Al­son Darikayi said the part­ner­ship with Maphosa promised to de­liver a first for Zim­babwe, a truly un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence. “We’ve sworn an oath that we’ll not set­tle for the usual, sub stan­dard or medi­ocre. We want to set a new stan­dard, el­e­vate and cel­e­brate the value of the girl in world class style,” said Darikayi. “That’s why through the part­ner­ship, whole a tech­ni­cal team from South Africa will work on the stage de­sign, light­ing, sound, fire­works, video pro­duc­tion for live cov­er­age and mul­ti­me­dia for the event to make it un­for­get­table.”

He said apart from mak­ing MTZ fi­nals a world class event, they wanted the prizes to be worth­while to the win­ners.

Their part­ner­ship with Maphosa will also see top busi­ness peo­ple from South Africa trav­el­ling to Harare to at­tend a busi­ness din­ner gala ahead of the pageant fi­nale. The gala slated for Novem­ber 24 is meant to raise funds for the mod­els.

“As part of the deal, the an­chor spon­sor has also con­firmed that he’ll fly in more than 150 busi­ness guests who are com­ing for both the gala din­ner and the fi­nal.

“The spon­sor­ship deal cov­ers the pre-fi­nal costs which in­clude fund­ing for the au­di­tions, re­al­ity show, mar­ket­ing and pub­lic­ity, cash prizes and branded ve­hi­cle for the queen,” said Darikayi.

In ad­di­tion, Maphosa will pay for 100 tick­ets for high school stu­dents in or­der to af­ford them an op­por­tu­nity to wit­ness the coun­try’s tourism am­bas­sador be­ing crowned. On en­ter­tain­ment, or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing to bring in two South African acts.

“As part of the spon­sor­ship pack­age, Big Time Strate­gic Group in part­ner­ship with the SA Zim Busi­ness Con­nec­tion will also bring in two very big kwaito and house artistes who’ll be joined by lo­cal acts,” said Darikayi. — @ bon­ganinkunzi

Ev­er­more Njan­ja­mangeza

Tafadzwa Jaricha

Nonhlanhla Dube

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