Geo Pomona, Instak sign MOU for Golden Quarry reclamation Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Barbara Rwodzi (centre) looks on as Institute of African Knowledge (INSTAK) chief executive officer Ambassador Kwame Muzavazi (left) and Geo Pomona executive chairman Mr Dilesh Nguwaya (right) exchange documents after signing a Memorandum of Understanding to kick-start the reclamation of Golden Quarry dump site in Harare yesterday. — Picture: Memory Mangombe

Blessings Chidakwa

Herald Reporter

Waste management firm, Geo Pomona Waste Management, has partnered the Institute of African Knowledge (Instak) to reclaim the old Golden Quarry dumpsite so it is converted back into a tourism attraction site next to the Liberation City in Harare.

Geo Pomona Waste Management chief executive officer and executive chairman Mr Dilesh Nguwaya said the signing of the MOU yesterday signals the deepened relationship between the two organisations. 

“This partnership will facilitate the repurposing of the Golden Quarry to a world-class tourism site,” said Nguwaya. “Owing to the 40 years of unmanaged industrial waste deposits, borehole water in the surrounding areas of Westlea, Meyrick Park and Ashdown Park was now being contaminated,” he said.

Mr Nguwaya said the success of the reclamation would further cement the depth of innovation being executed already at the old Pomona dumpsite north of Harare. 

“The project dovetails with the aspiration of the Second Republic to promote development and encourage national economic growth. As such, Geo Pomona Waste Management will spread more similar projects across the country,” he said. 

Instak chief executive officer Ambassador Kwame Muzawazi said together with Geo Pomona Waste Management they were in the process of rehabilitating Harare’s two biggest former dumpsites, the Golden Quarry and Pomona.

“If we get Pomona right and Golden Quarry right, we are going to make Harare clean and that is what we are really up to do,” he said.

“We are going to go through a process of rehabilitation of the dumpsite, making it a green place, a place to come and take a walk and have it functioning in a very serene environment.” 

Ambassador Muzawazi said Instak would be bringing a roller coaster, a ferries wheel and an animal park in the reclaimed area to ensure that there is value addition to the Museum of African Liberation and the Liberation City itself.

Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Barbra Rwodzi, who was among the guests at the signing ceremony, said the dumpsite would speak to the environment, cleaning up of the environment, sustainability for the environment. 

“Why we are witnessing this very important event is because the area that is being resuscitated is earmarked to develop tourism products,” she said. “I am sure the Ambassador has already highlighted that. So, the tourism industry is one of the largest contributors of the global economy.

“In the Zimbabwean context, the tourism industry has been a significant contributor to the country’s GDP, which has seen a resounding 12,1 percent jump from January 2023 to September 2023, which has given us a good position in the economy.” 

Minister Rwodzi said between January and September, tourism had gone up to be the star of the economy, surpassing mining and agriculture. 

“Just for nine months, it is good for us,” she said. “It is, therefore, encouraging to see projects that harmonise both the environmental and tourism aspects in their development.”

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