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    Boli Mhlanguleni Cultural village to increase inflow of tourists


    CHIREDZI – A $30 000 cultural village is taking shape at Boli Mhlanguleni about 110km south of Chiredzi with the first phase of the construction complete.
    The center which was recently opened by the Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Thokozile Mathuthu has, as its key objective, to showcase the culture of the Shangaani people. It will also generate money and employment through tourism.
    "The project is being constructed on a 10-hectare piece of land donated by Chiredzi Rural District Council. It will have a complete traditional Shangaani village set-up with a father`s hut, wives` huts, girls` and boys` huts, a kraal, men`s council, craft centre and an initiation site and in addition there will be a food processing industry for mealie meal, salt, soda, beer and others," said the founding director of Centre for Cultural Development Initiatives or Gaza Trust Hebert Pikela.
    The next phases will see lodges, a conference centre, arts gallery and a research centre being built and school children will visit the village to sample and learn about the Shangaan cultural heritage.
    The village which was also unveiled during the just ended 4th Edition of Great Limpopo Cultural Fair is set to increase the inflow of tourists to Chiredzi as well as play a critical role in cultural exchanges with other cultures in Zimbabwe and across the borders.
    Pikela said phase one of the village was built with the assistance from Frankfurt Zoological Society.
    "We completed the first phase of development with assistance from our partners and that is building the village. The next stage is to build guest lodges, conference centre, arts gallery and a research centre. It's a living village that will showcase our culture and heritage. School children will visit the village to learn about our intangible cultural heritage.
    "Tourists will pay to sample our cultural products. It will be a centre for cultural exchange programmes with other cultures in Zimbabwe and abroad. Researchers and universities will use it to document and employ certain elements of our culture in sustainable community development," said Pikela.
    Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) head of Festival and Events Annastancia Moyo said ZTA supports cultural initiatives like the building of the cultural village at Mhlanguleni as it will increase tourism in the Lowveld. She said cultural tourism is one of the products seriously considered by ZTA as a way of boosting tourism. 
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    1. Yeah the place is in need of the media to cover,in a bid to have the whole world recognise it,otherwise thank you for having written about Muhlanguleni.


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