Forget its natural beauty, SA’s newest tourist attraction could be Nkandla

2015-08-12 10:32
Nkandla. Picture: City Press

Nkandla. Picture: City Press

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Table Mountain, Soweto’s Vilakazi Street, the Wild Coast’s Hole in the Wall, the Drakensberg and now ... Nkôndla, Nkôndla, Nkôndla!

If Unathi Henama, a tourism lecturer at Tshwane University of Technology, has his way, the president’s private residence at Nkandla will soon be used as a tourist attraction.

Henama explained that Nkandla had become a national disgrace and that Parliament had left a mess in the wake of its handling of the issue.

“Nkandla cannot be wished away; it is our reality, it is our choice on what we as South Africans can do with that reality. We could either use Nkandla as a site of national difference or use the site to indicate the strength of South Africans,” he said.

He said the local, and possibly also the international, spotlight on Nkandla could be converted to focus on its tourism potential.

“Since Nkandla is firmly on my bucket list [and the bucket list of many people] of attractions I must see, I ponder where I will sleep, where I will get food and beverage outlets, who will take me on a local tour and what other things of leisure will I participate in. It is these tourism avenues that the local community must be trained in, so that they benefit from the flow of visitors, and passersby who want to see Nkandla.”

He also suggested that the department of tourism, with whom he soon will share his ideas, should investigate the possibility of constructing a casino complex or a “Disneyland” in the area.

“I am sure that developments that will bring jobs, empower the locals, and assist province-based suppliers with market access and supply chain opportunities in the proposed casino and Disneyland would create a new outlook around Nkandla.”

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