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Zimbabwe Budgets US$2 Million for Public Viewing of World Cup in Rural Areas

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Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi said corporate sponsors will fund public viewings in cities where "critical mass" presents a marketing opportunity

The Zimbabwean government has allocated US$2 million through the Ministry of Tourism to provide free access for rural dwellers to transmissions of the World Cup of soccer in South Africa starting in June, while corporate sponsors are funding public viewing stations allowing urban residents to watch the games.

Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi told VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye that corporate sponsors will fund viewing locations in cities where "critical mass" presents a marketing opportunity.

Mzembi said there will be no charge to watch games in the rural viewing locations, while city residents will be charged one dollar to access the sites.