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» » Gutu RDC explores Woodlands Dam’s tourism, hospitality potential

TellZim Reporter
Gutu Rural District Council (RDC) is looking for investment partners with capacity to help implement various income-generating project plans that include the harnessing of Woodlands Dam’s potential to be a recreational and tourism hub.
The plan entails constructing a state-of-the-art lodge, a conference centre and a fisheries venture at the scenic Woodlands Dam.
If completed, the projects will have enormous economic spin-offs for the district and will provide a serene place for leisure-hunters.
The dam will be a convivial place of recreational facilities hosting such events as weddings, birthday parties and other dam-side events.
The Woodlands Dam, which is located in the Mushaviri area in Ward 29, will be a hive of activity and will provide the local authority with more revenue to improve service delivery.
A 100 hectare piece of land has since been set aside for the project which is likely going to start early next year.
Gutu RDC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Alexander Mtembwa said once commenced, the project will create employment for many people in line with the district’s thrust to fight poverty through bankable, self-sustaining projects.
Mutembwa said in due course, Gutu RDC will be inviting private players to join them in executing the projects.
"Once the plan is complete, we will be able to invite private players to partner with us in this venture under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. We are looking at employing a number of people as well as attracting many tourists to our district which has vast tourism potential,” said Mutembwa.

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