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Mnangagwa lays foundation stone for Mnangagwa stadium

by Staff reporter
23 May 2024 at 20:40hrs | Views
PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has laid the foundation stone to mark the commencement of construction of the 10 000-seater international cricket stadium in Victoria Falls this Thursday.

Last year, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) was allocated 10ha of land on Masuwe state land to construct an international stadium and ancillary facilities, which would promote sports tourism and cement Victoria Falls as a world destination of choice.

The President was received by Vice Presidents Dr Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi, Sports and Tourism Ministers Kirsty Coventry and Barbara Rwodzi, Matabeleland North Minister for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Richard Moyo and Zimbabwe Cricket officials.

President Mnangagwa laid the foundation stone for the Mosi-oa- Tunya International Cricket Stadium and associated facilities.

A traditional ceremony was held at Jafuta Estate on the outskirts of Victoria Falls last month where Government officials met traditional leaders culminating in a handover event by Tourism and Hospitality Industry Deputy Minister, Tongai Mnangagwa, who was representing Minister Barbara Rwodzi.

Government set up Mosi-oa-Tunya Development Company (Pvt) Ltd, a State enterprise as an investment vehicle for the development of tourism in Victoria Falls as it is working hard to implement the much-awaited Masuwe Special Economic Zone.

Mosi-oa-Tunya Development Company owns 274,1 hectares of prime land in Jafuta Masuwe Estate, which is part of the Integrated Victoria Falls Special Economic Zone.

ZC has become the pacesetter on the mega project, which is set to become a game-changer in Zimbabwe's tourism industry. Between US$5 million and US$10 million will be invested mainly from grants from the International Cricket Council.

The stadium will be used in the hosting of the 2026 and 2027 Cricket World Cup jointly with South Africa and Namibia.

This is one of the major projects for the Masuwe Special Economic Zone for Tourism in Victoria Falls where Government earmarks a multi-million dollar project comprising a five-star convention centre with matching flagship hotels and villas, a golf estate, a medical tourism facility, a commercial central business district, an international service centre, high-end residential units and other top-notch facilities.

The project is a significant milestone towards a US$5 billion Tourism and Hospitality Industry by 2025 and a step towards the achievement of Vision 2030.

Source - The Chronicle