Govt considers setting up solar plants in Victoria Falls

By ZBC Reporter

GOVERNMENT and some investors in Victoria Falls are considering setting up solar plants as a lasting solution to the power outages that are threatening business viability and growth in the resort town.

The country’s tourism capital has for the past few weeks been experiencing serious power challenges which have threatened the rebound of the sector and forcing hoteliers to resort to generators.
Speaking in the resort town this Thursday, the Minister of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Mangaliso Ndlovu said a lasting solution to the electricity challenges facing the resort town is being considered with potential investors currently in discussions with relevant authorities over setting up solar plants.
“Issues to do with fuel and electricity should not be a nightmare for this destination. We are therefore working on a long-term plan to take Victoria Falls off the national grid and ensure consistent power supply through investments in solar plants,” he said.
The minister, who was responding to questions from stakeholders in the tourism sector after a tour of the Mbano Manor Hotel, also challenged the Victoria Falls Municipality to move with speed in ensuring sound and proper solid waste management.
“The issue of solid waste management should be taken as a matter of urgency and we would want to challenge the local authority to ensure proper solid waste disposal,” he added.
Victoria Falls, which is targeting to emerge as Africa’s green tourism destination, has also been challenged to come up with sound conservation programmes and to invest in solar energy.
On its part, the government pledged to create a sound operating environment and to continuously come up with incentives for the sector.