place to visit after the United States (US) embassy, through the Ambassador’s
Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) injected a total of US$475 000 towards
the cause on Tuesday.
World Monuments Fund director Stephen Battle and the National Museums and
Monuments of Zimbabwe (NMMZ) executive director Godfrey Mahachi were in
Masvingo to seal the deal.
keen to help Zimbabwe preserve its heritage sites so that they could be enjoyed
by future generations of the country.
stone walls in their natural state and fight the invasive plant lantana camara
which is spreading rapidly in the area.
dry walls and to ensure that the monuments stand as majestic as they are now
for generations to come. We will partner Zimbabwe for the preservation of other
sites throughout the country,” said Nichols.
million to Zimbabwe in the areas of culture, adding that he believed the latest
gesture was a good seed that will geminate and help future generations.
Ezra Chadzamira applauded the US for the donation, saying he felt greatly
honoured to be associate with the
Zimbabwe’s national heritage from where Zimbabweans derive great pride.
in the restoration of the Great Zimbabwe monuments to their historic and
symbolic status. Our identity as a nation is derived from it. Great Zimbabwe
was the world trade centre attracting merchants from as far as Asia, Europe and
rehabilitate Great Zimbabwe monuments is therefore equally symbolic. Whilst
many see financial materials and technological inflows, I see the revival of
our tourism through the increasing volumes of domestic and international
visitors. I equally see the same visitors looking for investment opportunities,
with our government improving infrastructure like roads, airports, hotels. The
impact of your assistance, therefore, goes beyond what eyes can see today,”
help bring in new expertise to do investigations for better preservation of the
will go a long way in controlling lantana camara, increasing conversation on
the monuments as well as building greater capacity to preserve the site.
possible by finding new methods of removing lantana camara and preserving the
stone walls,” said Mahachi.
expressed delight at the developments which he said will improve management of
implementing right away. We will follow all accounting procedures and reporting
systems to make sure that the money is not abused. We have experience in
managing such funds for we have received other grants before, though smaller
than this one,” said Mandima.
Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) Vice Chancellor Professor Rungano Zvobgo,
Reformed Church University (RCU) Vice Chancellor and Professor Obert
to tour Masvingo Provincial Hospital to get an appreciation of the challenges
of the only referral hospital in the region. He also toured Great Zimbabwe