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Govt moots new Vic Falls town

THE Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality Industry has secured prime land for a new “Victoria Falls City” in the resort town.


The resort town and nearby Livingstone in Zambia are set to co-host the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly from August 24 to 29.

Tourism minister Walter Mzembi said last week that the Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development had already transferred 1 200 hectares of prime land from the Hwange District Council to build the new city.

“We are not going to interfere with the old Victorian setting, we will leave it intact. But going backwards towards the airport, 1 200 ha under the Hwange District Council has been transferred to us to create a new city,” Mzembi said.

He said the prime land would be used to create a new city in the mould of the Niagara Park in Canada, a US$30 billion economy.
“The gap between the current Victoria Falls economy between Zambia and Zimbabwe which is no more than US$1,5 billion can go and escalate up to US$30 billion if we close the infrastructural gap.

This is the reason why we want to put up a new city in Victoria Falls,” Mzembi said.

The plan to build a new city in Victoria Falls also bodes well with the regional spatial plans recently approved by the UNWTO.

UNWTO said instead of developing tourism globally, Zimbabwe should have regional spatial plans revolving around certain areas.

“We are hoping that by the time we go for the general assembly we are able to launch three regional spatial plans: the Kariba one devolving around the Kariba Dam itself and its environs, the Masvingo one whose focal point would be the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe and Lake Mutirikwi and the Victoria Falls one,” Mzembi said.

Meanwhile, President Robert Mugabe  is expected to  launch the Tourism Policy next month with a roadmap on how the industry operates.

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7 Responses to Govt moots new Vic Falls town

  1. Meatball April 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Apparently Cde Mzembi is misinformed about Niagara Parks. It is not a city at all, but a parks system running along the west side of the Niagara River. It holds lands in three municipalities, the largest of which is Niagara Falls, population 82,000. As for an economy of US$30 billion, that’s just ridiculous.

    • Blajay April 15, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      Not ridiculous. Angola is now supporting her former coloniser Portugal financially. And Greece?? With the will nothing is impossible. We need not have three municipalities to succeed my dear Meatball.

  2. ini April 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    u dream mzembi

  3. Blajay April 15, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Nice dream and not impossible.

  4. edgar April 15, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    We have had enough of this. Zimbabweans are treated as idiots by the charlatans who pretend to be leaders. This guy is dreaming. What I think is happening is they are parcelling this prime land to themselves. Lets wait we will soon see title deeds. They are rapacious.

  5. James April 21, 2013 at 6:35 am #

    Why dont you build roads and provide electricity for people. Why do you Zanoids have to astronomical about their projects, its all a talk show. They talk of unrealistic targets, pipe dreams. They want to dualise Masvingo road, why dont you put wide shoulders and resurface it. Beautiful N1 is only dual lane on blind spots and in Joburg. They want to built a new ‘capital’, why not use that money to built a power station and electrify the rural areas. People are suffering you, have mwoyo yakasviba.

  6. Zivai April 21, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Good point James. I have said the same before on the PrimeMinister’s website. Why not just widen the BeitBridge-Masvingo-Harare road first before talking about dualisation which we obviously dont have resources for.This is whats called setting up SMART objectives, which are specific, measurable, ACHIEVABLE,REALISTIC nad timed.

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