Mat’land South her­itage sites get $1 mil­lion grant

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Nyaradzo Bakari Chron­i­cle Reporter

MATOBO Hills, a na­tional mon­u­ment in Mata­bele­land South, and seven other en­dan­gered cul­tural her­itage sites in­cluded on the 2018 World Mon­u­ments Watch list have re­ceived a $1 mil­lion grant from Amer­i­can Ex­press and World Mon­u­ments Fund (WMF).

Last year, Matobo Hills was listed in WMF’s 2018 World Mon­u­ments Watch in which 25 mon­u­ments world­wide were said to be un­der threat as a re­sult of hu­man con­flict, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, cli­mate change and ur­ban­i­sa­tion.

The two part­ners yes­ter­day an­nounced the $1 mil­lion as a grant to sup­port preser­va­tion ef­forts at eight en­dan­gered cul­tural her­itage sites in­cluded on the 2018 World Mon­u­ments Watch list.

The other seven mon­u­ments to ben­e­fit from the grant are Po­tager du Roi in France; Grand The­atre of Prince Kung’s Man­sion in China, the town of Ama­trice in Italy, Ka­gawa Pre­fec­tural Gym­na­sium in Ja­pan, Te­baida Leonesa in Spain, Black­pool Piers in Eng­land and Monte Al­bán Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Site in Mex­ico.

WMF said Matobo Hills’ rock art was threat­ened by de­for­esta­tion, the risk of fires, and other hu­man ac­tiv­i­ties hence the funds would be used to work with lo­cal her­itage au­thor­i­ties on im­proved doc­u­men­ta­tion and

In sep­a­rate in­ter­views, Zanu-PF can­di­dates con­firmed re­ceiv­ing per­son­alised text mes­sages from the Pres­i­dent.

Zanu-PF Na­tional As­sem­bly can­di­date for Bu­l­awayo Cen­tral Cde Mlungisi Moyo said he was charmed and mo­ti­vated af­ter re­ceiv­ing the mes­sage. con­ser­va­tion plans at the site.

The World Mon­u­ments Watch is aimed at protecting his­tory, pre­serv­ing mem­ory and strength­en­ing so­cial bonds by bring­ing in­ter­na­tional sites and their chal­lenges to an in­ter­na­tional stage.

Amer­i­can Ex­press pres­i­dent Mr Ti­mothy McClimon said his Foun­da­tion was de­ter­mined to spon­sor WMF in re­viv­ing world mon­u­ments and pre­serv­ing his­tory.

“As the found­ing spon­sor of the World Mon­u­ments Watch, Amer­i­can Ex­press is com­mit­ted to ad­vo­cat­ing for the pro­tec­tion of our most trea­sured land­marks around the globe.

“We recog­nise these sites as sym­bols of na­tional and lo­cal iden­tity, and value the role that their preser­va­tion can play in at­tract­ing vis­i­tors and re­vi­tal­is­ing com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

WMF pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Mr Joshua David, com­mended Amer­i­can Ex­press for its sup­port to­wards the re­vival of cul­tural her­itage sites.

“For more than 20 years, Amer­i­can Ex­press has been an un­matched cham­pion of the world’s most trea­sured places. Their lead­er­ship and sup­port of the World Mon­u­ments Watch al­lows us to sup­port in­ter­na­tional part­ners in the pro­tec­tion, con­ser­va­tion, and stew­ard­ship of sites of cul­tural her­itage, help­ing to strengthen com­mu­ni­ties around the world,” said Mr David.—@NyarieBakie

“The mes­sage was say­ing: ‘Con­grat­u­la­tions Cde Mlungisi Moyo for win­ning the pri­mary and rep­re­sent­ing the party in Bu­l­awayo Cen­tral Con­stituency. We will fo­cus on de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues. Thank you very much. From Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Dam­budzo Mnan­gagwa,” said Cde Moyo.

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