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Great Zimbabwe rehabilitation begins

by Staff reporter
31 Jul 2019 at 07:53hrs | Views
Rehabilitation of the Great Zimbabwe World Heritage site is set to start soon in a development that is expected to see modern wall-monitoring equipment being installed together with rebuilding of collapsed wall for the monument to retain its grandeur as an eminent historic tourist attraction site.

The rehabilitation is being undertaken with funding from the US Government under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, which availed US$475 000 for the project.

Besides wall-monitoring modern equipment and dry wall conservation, part of the rehabilitation work will involve removing and combating the invasive Lantana Camara plant.

The plant had invaded and spread across most parts of the monuments threatening to distort its splendour.

National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe Masvingo regional director Mr Lovemore Mandima said work was now due to start at the monument. He said internationally-acclaimed experts in the various areas of rehabilitation had already been to the monuments for preparatory works.

''In terms of control of Lantana Camara, experts have been identified and it is expected that in August, work on controlling the plant shall commence,'' he said.

''Specialists in the conservation of dry stone walls visited the Great Zimbabwe in April and produced detailed recommendations which we are now working on project implementation.'' Mr Mandima said a modern wall monitoring system will soon be installed at the world heritage site.

''A structural monitoring expert visited the monuments in May and produced a detailed report which we now want to consider in project implementation and quite soon Great Zimbabwe will be having a new wall-monitoring system in place,'' said Mr Mandima.

Great Zimbabwe is one of Zimbabwe's main tourist attraction sites with thousands of visitors -both domestic and international- flocking to the monument which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 by UNESCO.

The monuments are famous for their imposing structures built by balancing rocks without mortar around the 12 century by Shona people at the peak of the Munhumutapa Empire. Great Zimbabwe occupies a special place in the country's history as it reflects the sophistry of indigenous people who used to inhabit the area.

Source - the herald