Cont Mhlanga to train tour guides

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AMAKHOSI Cultural Centre will embark on a tour guide training programme ahead of the Bulawayo Cultural Carnival parade, as it moves with preparations for the local cultural show-piece.

REPORT BY SINDISO DUBE

The carnival parade, which has been rescheduled to a date yet to be advised, will see the unveiling of various heritage sites in the central business district and in the high-density suburbs of Bulawayo.

Amakhosi director Cont Mhlanga yesterday called on young people to register for the month-long heritage training programme.

“This is being done in an effort to promote culture, heritage and history and tourism in the country,” Mhlanga said.

“The few heritage and culture guides available in the country, particularly in the Bulawayo region are made up of white research associates and they have their own story and narratives that are biased and their conclusion is not the African conclusion. History should be rewritten.”

Mhlanga said the programme will be launched in July.

After training, participants will be licensed by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority making them employable by any tour operator in the country.