ZimParks implements five-year strategic plan

ZimParks implements five-year strategic plan

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) has started implementing its five year strategic plan that is expected to stimulate revenue and culminate in the declaration of a dividend to Government.

The authority is running on a five year strategic plan hinged on Government’s Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP), in line with President Mnangagwa’s call for the country to leverage on low hanging fruits and stimulate economic growth.

While tourists’ arrivals have been on the increase since the coming in of the new dispensation in November, 2017 resulting in record arrivals in 2018, tourism receipts remain subdued largely due to the lack of adequate tourism infrastructure.

The problem has also affected ZimParks and the authority’s director-general Mr Fulton Mangwanya, has been emphasising on the need for an extensive receipts growing exercise.

Key to this, the authority is seeking to refurbish its accommodation units across the country, which have a current carrying capacity of 880 beds, to the levels of three to five star hotels as a way of ramping up on receipts.

Lake Chivero will be the first beneficiary of this facelift, which will also target Hwange National Park and Mana Pools.

Designs for the upgrade of Hwange have already been done while a mini game park has now been set at the authority’s headquarters along Borrowdale Road, Harare where plans are underway for the construction of a coffee shop.

“You are aware that we sent out adverts for the refurbishment of our facilities at Lake Chivero and we are pleased to say the response from the market has been very positive,” said Mr Farawo.

“Our hope is that once these improvements are done, we would record an increase in our revenue and be able to declare a dividend to the shareholder.

“This year alone we have planned to refurbish facilities at Chivero, which is now work in progress, Hwange National Park and Mana Pools,” he said.

The TSP, prioritises support for aggressive marketing and rebranding of Zimbabwe, to facilitate tourism arrivals and receipts taking advantage of the country’s diverse tourist attractions.

This hinges on provision of incentive packages, and the relaxation of restrictive visa requirements on which front Government has so far upgraded visitors from at least 25 countries from category C visitors (visa before travel) to category B (visa on arrival).

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Zimparks guns down hippo in Nyanyadzi

August 31, 2017August 31, 2017
Inset from Zimpapers. THE Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority last week shot dead a hippopotamus that was damaging winter wheat in Nyanyadzi. The hippo, which had a calf, is believed to have escaped from Save Conservancy. ZPWMA ordered the shooting of the hippos after traditional leaders in the area reported that it was damaging crops and endangering lives. ZPWMA officer, Mr John Danfa, said they were still hunting for the calf which is believed to have found habitat along Save River. “Usually hippos move up and down rivers during the rainy season. We believe the two escaped from Save Valley Conservancy. They were both females and they do not usually click if there is no male. “They are believed to have separated. We received reports from traditional leaders in Hot Springs and Nyanyadzi that these hippos were feeding on wheat and crops in their fields.” “People’s lives were endangered so the authorities ordered its killing. The first time we attempted to kill it, it was in the company of so many cattle and could not do anything. Our officer teamed up with villagers to track it until last week when it was shot down in Nyanyadzi”. The officer is said to have fired 12 shots before the hippo died. The meat was shared by villagers. One of the villagers in Dirikwe village, Mr Tapiwa Munyati, said: “This hippo was becoming a threat to human lives in the area. It was being spotted near homes at night. “There are vegetable gardens along one of Save River’s tributaries where it was being spotted.“We were told that hippos do not like light and the danger was that lives would have been lost.” “A villager survived death by a whisker recently when the hippo strayed into his homestead.“He went out of his house to investigate when his dogs were barking. He had a torch and the hippo advanced towards him. “Fortunately he managed to escape the attack and notified other villagers and the village head. We are appealing to the responsible authorities to make sure that the remaining one is also killed,” said Mr Munyati.