According to the ZOC chief executive, Anna Mguni, the National Olympic Committee entered into a partnership with the Epworth Local Board wherein the local authority provided land for sport development. Mguni said the ceremony will be presided over by the minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Saviour Kasukuwere.
"This handover ceremony will be presided over by the Minister of Local Government, Public Construction and National Housing, as the head of local authorities. We believe this is an exciting development that is set to change the social, recreational, sporting and commercial landscape of Epworth. While the Centre will be established at Epworth, we have no doubt people from other areas will benefit from such a facility," said Anna Mguni, ZOC chief executive.
"ZOC signed a long-term lease agreement with the ELB in June 2014, which facilitated the sourcing of support to establish a multi-disciplinary sport and cultural centre. The project will be managed by the ZOC and supported by the relevant local authorities and partners.
"The IOC, through the Olympafrica Foundation, has invested in 40 similar projects in different countries on the African continent. The aim is to uplift less privileged communities, catering not only for school-going children through the various projects and activities, but also for the supporting populations.”
Project co-ordinator, Musekiwa Kumbula, said the construction of the centre is a welcome development that will have an impact on the social and economic landscape of Epworth.