Holiday resort for Camperdown area

2010-04-14 00:00

A WORLD-CLASS holiday resort is on the cards for the KwaZulu-Natal midlands area.

The Earth Organisation and the Mayibuye Trust are developing vacant farm land near Camperdown into a resort, estimated to cost about R250 million.

The Mayibuye Trust is managing the 5 000 hectares of land on behalf of the Ximba community, the owners of the land, who received it during the land restitution process in 2007. The land has been leased to a developer to build the resort.

Myboy Maphanga, chairman of the Mayibuye Trust, said it had taken two years to find an appropriate investor, whose vision was in line with what the community had planned to do with the land.

He said: “When we initially received the land, we had planned to use it for development, sustenance and commercial farming and living, but development was a priority.”

Maphanga said they decided to team up with The Earth Organisation because their ideas were in line with the direction the Trust wished to take.

He said they plan to develop five world- class lodges in the area and a game reserve, as well as an entertainment area for tourists and holiday-makers.

“We are located very close to the N3, so the idea is that all those passing through between Durban and Pietermaritzburg can stop at our resort.”

Maphanga described the project as a massive investment with the potential to benefit many people in the area.

“Tourism is the way forward. It will not only develop the area, but also the communities, some of whom will receive training and get employment.”

“To date, the project is in its initial phase, but at least 211 people have been employed, and we believe that by the time the resort is open that about 1 000 people would have been employed.”

He said construction had already begun with the fencing of the area, which is expected to take up to 10 months.

“We estimate that about R250 million would have been invested in this area by the time it is complete.”

The Earth Organisation confirmed that it is building a game reserve in Camperdown, but was unable to elaborate as its director is out of the country.

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