Work on king’s cultural village to start soon

2014-05-20 10:16
King Goodwill Zwelithini (Picture: AFP)

King Goodwill Zwelithini (Picture: AFP)

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Durban - The first phase of the construction of a cultural village at King Goodwill Zwelithini’s palace at Enyokeni, Nongoma, is expected to take up to 18 months to complete, the Ingonyama Trust Board’s Judge Jerome Ngwenya said on Monday.

Ngwenya said work on the R300m project was expected to start soon after the local municipality approved the release of the land.

He also said the implementing agent, Independent Development Trust, still had to put out a tender and then appoint a contractor to do the work. Some of the structures were expected to be in place when the reed dance took place in September.

Ngwenya was responding to media reports that taxpayers are expected to pay R300m for a cultural village at Zulu monarch’s palace in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

The national department of arts and culture has allocated R300m for the first and second Enyokeni Cultural phases.

Department spokesperson Mogomotsi Mogodiri said: “It should be noted that the development and infrastructure is not only for the king, but the Zulu nation as a whole.”

The Sunday Times initially reported last weekend that the cost of the development, to cater for the annual reed dance and first fruits festivals, could rise to R600m. But Ngwenya was quoted in the Mercury on Monday as saying a team of architects, engineers and quantity surveyors has been put in place to prevent inflation of costs.

The development was expected to involve upgrading the existing pavilion and paved walkways, as well as sleeping areas and ablution facilities for the 30 000 Zulu maidens who attend the reed dance each year.

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