R2bn project Zumaville to go ahead - report

2014-05-04 08:58
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Pietermaritzburg - President Jacob Zuma looks set to go ahead with a R2bn plan to develop South Africa’s first post-apartheid town - on his doorstep in Nkandla, it was reported on Sunday.

According to the Sunday Times, a meeting between Zuma and local leaders and businesspeople took place two weeks ago.

Zuma assured those present that plans to build the town in his Nxamalala village - officially known as the Umlalazi-Nkandla Smart Growth Centre - had not been scuppered and that they would be back on track within the next few months.

Uthungulu district municipality Mayor Thembeka Mchunu said private investors would be involved but she would not give names.

However, the building of the 200ha town, which is a mere 3.2km from Zuma’s Nkandla homestead, is being overseen by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.

In December last year, the Mail & Guardian reported that there were problems with the plan which was then quoted at R1bn.

The project will include a shopping centre within sight of Zuma’s homestead, the M&G reported.

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