F1 coming to Africa as Zimbabwe announces plans to launch Vic Falls Grand Prix

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Motor sport including formula 1 could soon be coming to Zimbabwe after an investor expressed interest in developing the sport’s facilities in the resort town of Victoria Falls.

Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Prisca Mupfumira told the media in Victoria Falls last week that among potential investors that had responded to the Government’s call for partners in infrastructure development under the Zimbabwe is open for business mantra, was an interest in bringing the Grand Prix to Zimbabwe.

“We are currently going through proposals. We are looking at having a theme park because activities are limited in Victoria Falls. People have sent their proposals and there is also sports tourism included. Somebody is interested in bringing the Grand Prix to Victoria Falls,” said Minister Mupfumira.

The Grand Prix is held as an international sport in many countries and involves a series of motor-racing or motorcycling contests under international rules.

The last time local African spectators enjoyed the scream of F1 engines in their own backyard was in 1993, when the last South African Grand Prix was hosted at the Kyalami circuit in Johannesburg.

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    • Zambia should take advantage of hosting f1 races because its the biggest event which can earn forex closr to your GDP in just 3days.

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    • Meanwhile Zambia the Tourist Board has lamentably failed to hit 1 million visit targets and the Tourism minister is dull as they come…to him trophyhunting hippos is tourist promotion.
      Give Zim 48 months …we will soon be going there for holidays like we did in the 80s.

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  1. @VyakusiVinu wansekesha saana ati pa katete in chawama hahahaha. I remember the place.Such places should not be allowed to exist
    katete and snow white bwafya.
    on a serious note congrats to Zimbabwe. At he rate we are moving i see Zimbabwe recover and surpassing us soon.Our govt need to wake up soon

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    • Zimbabwe is already ahead trending for 3 million tourists this year and us Zambia are struggling to reach 1 million. when do *****s like you going to understand that Zambia is run by clueless fools.

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  2. This is disappointing… there’s no innovation in Zambia. Busy charming how to loot public money instead of thinking outside the box!

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  3. The biggest threat and let downs in Zambia are jealous and chronic political electioneering with terminal consequences to economic innovation and development.

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  4. I don’t think UNESCO will allow this or atleast there will be massive opposition, this will spoil the natural character of the falls….just like when PF attempted to put up a ferris wheel on the Zambian side, that was rightfully blocked……

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  5. Another public holiday come 6th September 2018
    we the people of eastern province request that 6th September 2018 be declared a public holiday so that we turn in numbers to vote in the Kasenengwa by-elections.This is the only way victory is assured. We should not let the opposition grab this seat. lets honor Victoria even in death by ensuring that the seat is returned to the PF
    God bless ECL
    Long live ECL!!!

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  6. zimbabwe under MNANGAGWA is worse than sekuru MUGABE, WATCH THE SPACE, This F1 thing is not for Black PIPO ITS FOR whites only as blacks cant invent anything Just politicking

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  7. I remember the years gone by, in Chingola we used to have Hellen Circuit where a mini Grand Prix Arena was. As small boys we used to go there every Saturday to watch those Mzungus doing their thing in style. I do not know what became of that facility, but I can only guess that the locals have invaded the place and have put up all manners of unsightly structures; just like what happened to schools sports facilities. Are we cursed?

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  8. If Zambia is clever just ignore the Zimbabwe bid. This is the time to lure the Grand prix to Livingstone. Speak to big business and convince them on how it would be better to locate the race on the Zambian side and schedule the race for February. Tourism will hit the roof! Nomba Utulo!

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