Great Zimbabwe Ruins & Monument
By George Maponga Masvingo Bureau
The United States Government, through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), recently availed US$475 000 for preservation of the iconic Great Zimbabwe Monuments World Heritage Site. The development can be, among various other things, anticipated to pave way for restoration of the historic monuments for them to continue standing majestically for decades to come, while also paving the way for the installation of modern monitoring equipment to check wall movements, among various other threats.
US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Brian Nichols along with National Museums along with Monuments of Zimbabwe executive director Dr Godfrey Mahachi together with World Museum Fund director Mr Stephene Battle took part inside the signing ceremony of the preservation fund that will was witnessed by Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Cde Ezra Chadzamira.
In his address, Mr Nichols said availing of the AFCP grant for preservation of Great Zimbabwe Monuments was a confirmation of the US Government’s long-standing commitment to assisting Zimbabwe.
Ambassador Nichols described the monuments as a symbols of energy, talent, perseverance along with hard work by the people of Zimbabwe.
“Proceeds by This particular fund (AFCP) will finance restoration work at Great Zimbabwe Monuments along with also be used inside the fight against lantana camara, which can be right now a menace,” he said.
“Part of the funds will also be used to procure equipment to monitor dry walls movement here to ensure that will the monuments continue to stand as they are for generations to come.”
Mr Nichols described the planet Heritage Site as a historical archaeological site, which influenced the designing of fresh US Embassy offices under construction in Harare.
“We are building a fresh Embassy modelled along the Great Zimbabwe Monuments along with every time that will I pass through the place I am reminded of the real monuments here,” he said.
“We desire to open the fresh Embassy in January next year, which further confirms the US Government’s long standing commitment to Zimbabwe.”
Mr Battle in his remarks described the Great Zimbabwe Monuments among the most important historic sites on the African continent, adding that will the planet Museum Fund was conscious of the centrality of the iconic world heritage site to the people of Zimbabwe.
Dr Mahachi hailed the availing of the Great Zimbabwe Monuments preservation fund, which he said will go a long way in addressing numerous challenges at the heritage site.
Besides restoring some of the structures at the monuments along with curbing the “lantana camara” scourge, Dr Mahachi said the financial lifeline by AFCP will be used for capacity building of NMMZ staff countrywide to improve their skills in looking after along with maintaining national historic sites.
Minister Chadzamira said Zimbabweans took great pride inside the Great Zimbabwe monuments as the cradle of the country’s national heritage hence the excitement over their restoration to their historic along with symbolic status.
He said restoration of the monuments will not only mark the advent of fresh technology in national heritage preservation in Zimbabwe however also spur the growth of tourism in along with around Great Zimbabwe through the anticipated influx of both domestic along with foreign tourists.
Minister Chadzamira noted that will previously the AFCP has benefited Great Zimbabwe through the installation of CCTV cameras.
“This particular time plans are afoot to upgrade surveillance technology at the monuments through employing the use of drones that will will be linked to a central monitoring point,” he said.
The drones will also serve as early warning systems for threats like veld fires along with straying of animals into the planet heritage site.
Before the signing ceremony Ambassador Nichols accompanied by Dr Mahachi along with various other senior NMMZ along with US Embassy officials toured the monuments.