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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Victoria Falls in helipad relocation controversy

ZBC News
21 February 2013

The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development has distanced itself from issues to do with the relocation of the Victoria Falls helipad to another site.

The development comes as there is speculation that the relocation is meant to pave way for an exhibition park which will be used during the UNWTO General Assembly in August.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development, Mr Munesu Munodawafa said the relocation has nothing to do with the UNWTO General Assembly, but has to do with the company involved, Zambezi Helicopters, the Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development and the Victoria Falls Town Council.

He said from the aviation point of view, the relocation would be necessitated by the helipad's proximity to the Elephant Hills Hotel and issues related to noise pollution.

Victoria Falls Town Mayor, Councillor Nkosilathi Jiyane said the land on which the helipad is currently located belongs to Victoria Falls Town Council on behalf of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development.

Zambezi Helicopters Public Relations Manager Clement Mukwasi said his company has complied with all aviation requirements and expressed disappointment at the three months' notice that his organisation received from the town council. He said the company should have vacated the premises by the 31st of March.

It is currently not clear where the company will be operating from after that date, but there are already fears that the relocation might temporarily affect the employees and tourists since the flights are some of the most popular activities in the town.

Source: ZBC News

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