Permanent Secretary Munyanyiwa promotes social empowerment with his reiterated speech

Zimbabwe: The Permanent Secretary Dr. T Munyanyiwa presented a speech during the Amai’s traditional cookout competition in Makhulela San Community by which she represented the Guest of Honour Minister for Tourism and Hospitality Industry – Barbara Rwodzi.

With the speech at the San Community, the Permanent Secretary reiterated that the local cuisine forms Gastronomy Tourism which promotes social empowerment and inclusivity within the communities as with the case Makhulela Village that has seen making strides earning a living from showcasing their way of life to tourists.

The Gastronomy Tourism provides an opportunity for the locals to engage with the visitors, exchange ideas and share their stories.

Although, through the culinary experiences by the community members and may have become ambassadors of their culture by showcasing their unique perspectives and fostering cross-cultural understanding creating a harmonious society.

Furthermore, along with the Permanent Secretary Dr. T Munyanyiwa who represented the Guest of Honour the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry – Barbara Rwodzi, Minister of Provincial Affairs and Devolution Mat South represented by Director Njowa has also joined the event.

They were conjoined by the MP for Bulilima – D.Phuti who represented Secretary for Women Affairs; Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development was represented by Cde Sikundla. ZANU PF Women’s League Chairperson also joined the eve, including Acting Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority represented by the Director for Special Projects – Machigere. Councillors, Chiefs and Chief Wives, Village Heads have also gathered there after completing the tour of the food stands arranged by the contestants.

Earlier, the Preps for the Makhulela Village Community cookout challenge went underway in Bulilima, which was held on May 11, 2024. Bulilima is a district in Matebeleland South where the San-Kalanga have spoken to the people who reside in Zimbabwe.

The Village shares a boundary with the Botswana hence the cultural similarities are there as they share between the Bulilima people and the Tswana.

The Guest of Honour, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry – Barbara Rwodzi represented by her Deputy Minister T. Mnangagwa in collaboration with the Deputy Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development S. Sibanda and other Senior Government Officials who toured the contestants food stands, whilst tasting and being given a brief by each contestants on their offerings at the Matebeleland North Province Amai’s Cookout Competition for Tertiary Students and Professional Chefs category.

The result for the Makhulela Village, San Community cookout competition was also announced, the list of the winners goes by as:

  • Sangweyinkosi Khumalo achieved the first position
  • Tjilani Moyo stood as the 1st Runner Up in the competition
  • Tshiyiwe Ngwenya emerged as 2nd Runner Up in the competition