Victoria Falls Municipality applies for a City status
VICTORIA Falls Municipality applied for a city status as part of the Local Authority’s vision to be a world class tourist destination of choice.
The recently refurbished Victoria Falls International Airport has attracted many people to visit the town, thereby making it a suitable centre of more business opportunities. The town which was accorded a Municipality status in 1999 has since then experienced rapid growth in a number of areas complementing the tourism sector.
Public Relations and Economic Development Officer, Ngqabutho Moyo, said that the attainment of the City status will afford the resort town with many opportunities. “Victoria Falls stands to benefit immensely form this City status, as it would open up channels of engaging other cities with a similar tourism market as ours.
“This in addition to the Special Economic Zone will also aid in attracting investors both at local and international level,” revealed Mr Moyo. Due to the resort town’s vibrant tourism sector, the Local Authority also boasts of a Special Economic Zone status it was recently awarded by the Government.
The town has a number of new commercial activities introduced adding on to a various other services which were already on offer in Victoria Falls.
Town Clerk Ronnie Dube believes that Victoria Falls has developed enough to be accorded the status. “As a Local Authority we feel the town has done enough to climb up the ladder and attain a city status,” said Mr Dube.
The local authority handed over of 1300 stands to its BC47 housing beneficiaries by CBZ before handover a development of commercial stands to a successful contractor Integrated Construction Project in the BB7 scheme set for the low density.
Meanwhile, a Commission led by the Director in the Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Ms Ericah Jones visited the local authority to assess its readiness to be accorded with a city status.