The inaugural Kwesé Victoria Falls Sevens will be held at the Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 18th to 19th March 2017 and will feature teams from eight countries.
Louwrens van Rensburg, production manager of Kwesé Sports said: "I think the biggest value for Zimbabwe Rugby and for Kwesé is that it's giving sevens rugby a platform in Zimbabwe. Secondly, the contribution to long-term sustainability and growth of the sport is probably the greatest value that we feel is important in our partnership.
“I think the big thing for us is to be involved in Pan-African sport in the broader part of Africa. Rugby is up there among the top three-four-five competitive team sports on the continent.
"We already had a partnership with Rugby Africa and from a regional point of view rugby has always had the potential and it's quite a strong sport with a handful of others in Zimbabwe. So it could be one of the reasons why we did that.
"As for other sports codes in Zimbabwe, most definitely our door is open. We have had questions from other sport codes but I don't want to take the spotlight off Zimbabwe Rugby right now. It's their time and their place. We will chat again at the next press conference.”
Nyararai Sibanda, president of the Zimbabwe Rugby union said: “Preparations are underway to host a flawless event for the inaugural tournament. The venues should be ready and satisfying international standards by the time the games kick off.
"We have a local organising committee putting this together headed by Victor Rakabopa. They are busy on the ground doing the logistics and making sure that the playing surface and other logistics like marketing are in place.
"We will be having eight national teams participating and because we are still in the process of signing memoranda of understanding I'm not at liberty to disclose them.
"As we launch this tournament we look forward to a growth and ensure that we have it on the Rugby Afrique calendar and on the world rugby calendar as a feature and it is with your support that we promote the pan-Africanism that we want to realise through Kwesé Sports.”