STATE-OF-THE-ART Mpala Events Conference Centre (MECC), built in Bulawayo’s industrial area along Khami Road hosted a wedding expo at the weekend which attracted hundreds of people.
BY LUYANDUHLOBO MAKWATI
A multi-racial crowd thronged the event and took time to sample what was on offer.
Amon Mpala, who owns the facility, said his aim was to revive the industrial site, which has been reduced to a white elephant in the wake of debilitating economic challenges.
“We have decided to do something unique in an industrial area. People have always associated industrial areas with heavy machinery, but in this case you can see that we have done something that is totally different,” he said.
Mpala said the facility would cater for people from all over the city because of its central location.
“We built this facility with everyone in mind. People have associated prestigious things with eastern suburbs, but as you can see this is the facility for the people in totally different environment and it matches world-class standards,” he said.
Mpala said he built the centre for his wife, Similo, who has vast experience in managing events.
“We decided to work together and we have managed to do this as a family,” he said.
For weddings, the centre provides a full package from decoration to the menu and they refer couples to get extra services from other service providers.
Traditional dance groups Hloseni and Umkhathi entertained the crowd, while fashion designers showcased their trendy designs.
The eye-catching green environment, which breathes life in the centre, was done by Green Earth Nursery.