VFM engages stakeholders for a Strategic Planning workshop.
Victoria Falls Municipality has started a process of engaging its stakeholders towards crafting of a five year strategic plan which will see the local authority correcting past developmental mistakes.
A workshop was held recently at a local hotel where stakeholders showed concern on the development of the town while urging the council to ensure that it maintains world heritage site.
The council vision is encompassed on a green city, a world class, a safe tourist and investment destination, a well-developed and competitive city by 2030.
Stakeholders proposed that the resort town needs to be kept natural and unique so as to attract tourists.
They said the town has more investment opportunities buoyed by numerous state of the art facilities such as hotels and the international airport.
The town was last year declared a Special Economic Zone thereby opening vast opportunities.
Victoria Falls Municipality last year applied for a city status which stakeholders believe will boost investors’ confidence.
Speaking during the workshop, Victoria Falls Town Mayor Sifiso Mpofu called for a collective effort from stakeholders and council to work together in setting goals for the strategic plan.
“This gathering aims at appealing to the community of Victoria Falls in its entirety to join the local authority and contribute ideas on what the strategic plan should contain,” said the mayor.
He said the strategic plan serves as a vehicle through which council and the community of Victoria Falls work together for the betterment of the town.
Facilitating the workshop, Mrs Thandiwe Mlobane an expert in local governance encouraged the municipality to welcome business ventures that will take the town forward.
“Among the objectives you have set, I note they are centred on investments and I would like to urge you to establish partnerships that will help you and achieve your goals as a town,” said Mrs Mlobane.
The Municipality set 100-day measurable targets for itself. Town Clerk, Mr Ronnie Dube said; “From here we are going to chart a way forward as council. We will sit and identify the goals that can be achieved within the 100 days. You will realise that this is a target and we have to strive to meet it,” he said.