By ZBC Reporter
Government has outlined the plan to transform Victoria Falls into a competitive destination with the implementation of the urban renewal programme which will see the construction of modern housing and other critical infrastructure.
Zimbabwe’s tourism capital, Victoria Falls is set for major redevelopment as government moves in to implement the Hwange-Victoria Falls-Binga Special Economic Zone concept.
Housing and Social Amenities Minister, Honourable Daniel Garwe who was in the resort town this Friday said apart from implementing an urban renewal plan for Victoria Falls, government is targeting to establish the Masuwe satellite town.
“We are committed as a government to transform the country’s tourism capital into a globally competitive destination boasting of modern houses and other essential amenities. The envisaged work will entail construction of modern, affordable and sustainable houses.”
The cabinet minister had a chance to tour the Chinotimba suburb and the Masuwe state land and said as part of the renewal project, the dilapidated houses and structures in the resort town will be demolished to pave way for modern apartments and other social amenities.
Victoria Falls Mayor, Somvelo Dlamini said the proposed regeneration project is set to enhance the image of the town and make it an attractive green destination.
“We are convinced that the planned work will certainly enhance the image of this town and enable us to compete with other international destinations in terms of services and infrastructure.”
Work on the Masuwe layout plan has started and the area is expected to have golf courses, medical and recreational parks, a university, civic centres and modern houses.
Government has also assured the 15 thousand residents of the border town, who are on the waiting list, of modern and affordable houses in line with the smart city agenda.