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Stadia Refurbishment

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HWANGE Local Board (HLB) is seeking a partner to assist it in refurbishing its football stadium into a modern facility as part of its efforts to provide upmarket social amenities to residents.

HLB housing and community services officer Mrs Runyararo Tshwapa said the local authority was in the process of courting a potential investor to enter into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for the reconstruction of Nengasha stadium into a modern facility.

 “Our expectations are to have the stadia being turned into a modern facility, with proper terraces, where possible we can even have bucket seats. We are also looking forward to having a state-of-the-art and fullyequipped dressing rooms,” she said.

About five years ago Kincard International College of

 Stadia Refurbishment

HWANGE Local Board (HLB) is seeking a partner to assist it in refurbishing its football stadium into a modern facility as part of its efforts to provide upmarket social amenities to residents.

HLB housing and community services officer Mrs Runyararo Tshwapa said the local authority was in the process of courting a potential investor to enter into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for the reconstruction of Nengasha stadium into a modern facility.

 “Our expectations are to have the stadia being turned into a modern facility, with proper terraces, where possible we can even have bucket seats. We are also looking forward to having a state-of-the-art and fullyequipped dressing rooms,” she said.

About five years ago Kincard International College of Sport Science, Research and Technology made an undertaking to reconstruct the stadium. However, the deal suffered a still birth as the company failed to keep its end of the bargain

. “At the moment we’ve got a standing agreement with Makomo (Resources) to maintain the stadium. However, owing to suspension of all sporting activities including soccer due to Covid-19 outbreak, it hasn’t been doing so. We however, expect it to start doing so soon since things are slowly normalising,” said Mrs Tshwapa.

 Makomo Resources renovated the stadium’s dressing rooms and enacted a perimeter fence around the facility in-line with the requirements of hosting Division One soccer matches.

The coal-mining company’s soccer team, Makomo Football Club plies its trade in the Zifa Southern Region Division One League and uses Nengasha stadium as its home ground. The stadium is also a venue to other local lower-tier league teams.

 Mrs Tshwapa said the local authority was fully aware of the potential revenue to be generated from the stadium if it were to be fully utilised thus its decision to have it upgraded

. “We see the upgrading of Negasha as one of the low hanging fruits in our quest to increase our revenue streams. Our intention is to make sure the stadium plays host to high profile soccer matches involving Premiership sides. We are also looking at it being hired for concerts,” she said.

Mrs Tshwapa said the scope of the stadium upgrade also entails ensuring availability of water for watering the pitch and installation of floodlights.

 “Our intention is to have a readily available source of water. As such we are exploring two options, one being to drill a borehole while the other one, is to set up a waste water reclamation plant to enable us to water the pitch. We also intend to put up floodlights as well as to have a parking bay outside the stadium,”

 she said. Zimbabwe Power Company is also looking forward to constructing another stadium at Empumalanga Phase 7 housing project.

e, Research and Technology made an undertaking to reconstruct the stadium. However, the deal suffered a still birth as the company failed to keep its end of the bargain

. “At the moment we’ve got a standing agreement with Makomo (Resources) to maintain the stadium. However, owing to suspension of all sporting activities including soccer due to Covid-19 outbreak, it hasn’t been doing so. We however, expect it to start doing so soon since things are slowly normalising,” said Mrs Tshwapa.

 Makomo Resources renovated the stadium’s dressing rooms and enacted a perimeter fence around the facility in-line with the requirements of hosting Division One soccer matches.

The coal-mining company’s soccer team, Makomo Football Club plies its trade in the Zifa Southern Region Division One League and uses Nengasha stadium as its home ground. The stadium is also a venue to other local lower-tier league teams.

 Mrs Tshwapa said the local authority was fully aware of the potential revenue to be generated from the stadium if it were to be fully utilised thus its decision to have it upgraded

. “We see the upgrading of Negasha as one of the low hanging fruits in our quest to increase our revenue streams. Our intention is to make sure the stadium plays host to high profile soccer matches involving Premiership sides. We are also looking at it being hired for concerts,” she said.

Mrs Tshwapa said the scope of the stadium upgrade also entails ensuring availability of water for watering the pitch and installation of floodlights.

 “Our intention is to have a readily available source of water. As such we are exploring two options, one being to drill a borehole while the other one, is to set up a waste water reclamation plant to enable us to water the pitch. We also intend to put up floodlights as well as to have a parking bay outside the stadium,”

 she said. Zimbabwe Power Company is also looking forward to constructing another stadium at Empumalanga Phase 7 housing project.

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