A US$ 10m shopping mall will be constructed in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe before the end of this year. This is according to Zimre Property Investment (ZPI) CEO Edson Muvingi; the company selected to develop the mega project. He further pointed out that the approval processes are at an advanced stage including the EIA.
The Sawanga shopping mall will comprise offices, internet cafes, bookshops, banks, boutiques, hair salons, restaurants, motor spares shops, medical centre, theatres, cultural centre and gymnasium.
“We have completed land acquisition and are in the final stages of the design, taking into account the needs of prospective tenants. We are also working on EIA report submission including stakeholder consultations which is ongoing,” said Muvingi.
However, they are still waiting for a comment from the Victoria Falls Municipality regarding its capacity to manage the refuse and sewerage generated from the complex.
This initiative is anticipated to provide much needed formal and affordable businesses for the communities in Victoria Falls. There are several conferences that take place in the region in concurrence with Zambia which attracts many delegates.
The property developer’s environmental consultancy firm, Environmental Guardians Services’ senior consultant Michael Montana confirmed that the development aims to reduce environmental impacts and promote sustainability.
Zimre Property Investment, which operates residential and commercial property development, seeks to tap into the anticipated business boom on the back of an influx of tourists in the resort town.