R582m roads for Zuma village

2012-10-10 10:17

Durban - Two new road networks worth R582m have been built in President Jacob Zuma's village in KwaNxamalala, Nkandla, the Mercury reported on Wednesday.

The road linking the village to Kranskop, the P15, is a 32.4km stretch and was built for R290m, while the road from Eshowe linking it with the village and Nkandla is 54.4km long and cost R292m.

KwaZulu-Natal transport MEC Willies Mchunu also opened two pedestrian bridges across the Nsuze and Mposa rivers in the greater KwaNxamalala area. These would link villages to schools and cost R4.5m.

According to the Mercury, Mchunu said the projects were considered before Zuma became president.

"In fact former president Thabo Mbheki identified Nkandla and Msinga as priority areas needing development. This has nothing to do with President Zuma," Mchunu said.

  • aniken.vader.31 - 2012-10-10 10:23

    they are quick at pointing out that zuma was not in charge of this! I wonder if the original thoughts in building these two roads were the same thoughts that ended costing US R582mil. Maybe they wanted to FIX existing roads, but zuma decided to build two NEW roads! Hey? And what is going in on in nkandla? Until these shananigans with the major development came to surface I never heard of the place before! It is OBVIOUS that it is preferred above all as it is ZUMA-LINKED!

      bloulig.brigadeer.3 - 2012-10-10 10:31

      Viva ANC!!!! Your people are dying of hunger but the president finds it more important to build roads to his home town!!!! Viva my comrades! Votella e-ANC!!!

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-10 10:32

      We're on a road to nowhere Come on inside Takin' that ride to nowhere We'll take that ride Except that the Road to paradise is actaully the road to the bottomless pit!

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-10-10 10:32

      Nkandla has great historic value so has Eshowe and Kranskop as someone that loves touring SA I am very grateful for this long overdue road link. It is in a area of the country with great tourist potential that has lacked basicroad link for years. Pinning this adcievement on Zuma is realley giving him more credit than he deserves

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-10-10 10:33

      What a remarkable coincidence. And this has happened to a number of cabinet ministers. Sbu Ndebele had a tarred road built right up to the front front door of his farm when he became minister of transport. And guess what. It was all part of the roads planning phase and budgeted for in the previous administration. Wow! Incredible insight by the roads department.

      acm.munro - 2012-10-10 10:41

      He knows he has only a small chance to run for a second term ... so he is milking us taxpayers while he can for as much as he can ... it is unheard of that any Government has to pay to have a private property upgraded to that extent ... and now roads too ... him and his many wives and many children will live quite a comfy life, and now new roads too!!!

      riad.mahomed - 2012-10-10 10:43

      Do you suppose these roads would be “E-Tolled”?

      fussed.anderson - 2012-10-10 11:04

      A F@$king good place for a TOLL, dont you think

      imam.madi.129 - 2012-10-10 11:08

      Post Polokwane ANC Manifesto: All (money) roads lead to Nkandla and to hell with the poor masses (until we meet them again on time for re-election)!

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-10 11:59

      I think ScamAll should put up Toll Gantries at Nkandla, and see who is prepared to pay there.

      aj.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-10-10 14:46

      @Chris. Yes that may be true, but if you look at the roads linking other even more historical places, Graaff-Reinet for example, you will see that some of them are in terrible conditions and the N9 leading into the town has been under construction pretty much since 1997, and this road is no P,its a national road.... oh please Zuma, get your sh&t straight..oi..

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-10 15:24

      My concern is that Zuma's wasteful spendings are too much to the point that its becoming ordinary news. Its like reading weather report daily. If I hear of another waste from Him I will see it as normal.

      be.els.33 - 2012-10-10 19:01

      Ive just had a lightbulb moment! Guess what Zuma is up to? ... he's building himself a fortress with a mini-city where he can run and hide one day when the Hawks come to get him! Next thing is that Public Works will start building a golf course and international airport for Nkandla village. Hey, Zuma could even wall the whole area off and secede Nkandla from South Africa to avoid his inevitable arrest one day ... when he is no longer president.

      acm.munro - 2012-10-10 20:18

      Must point out this: The photo accompanying this article only shows half of Nkandla .many more houses and cottages . saw a photo of the entire place in a weekend newspaper, including the soccer field where his security guards could relax!!

      KennySven - 2012-10-12 01:26


      amelia.basson - 2012-10-12 10:03

      NEWS FLASHES FROM 50 YEARS AGO • Safmarine buys two refrigerated cargo ships of 10 000 tonnes each to transport export fruit to Europe for R2 million. • South Africa takes the lead with 100 000 bales of cotton spun every year on 230 000 spindles and 3 500 looms, creating 10 000 jobs. • South Africa is the largest exporter of fish in the southern hemisphere and sixth in the world with exports valued at R40 million. • Great Britain report that on average 250 applications for emigration to South Africa are received daily, especially from skilled artisans.

      amelia.basson - 2012-10-12 10:03

      • Maree, Minister for Education, establisghes the Board for bantu Education, aimed at improving black education to the same level as education for whites. • 2000 white refugees from Kenya’s uhuru uprising are relocated in Natal where they are helped to produce tea, coffee and sisal. • Local governments for the coloured community in the Free State established by MEC Haveman. • SA Railways and Harbours orders 100 new electric locomotives at a cost of R13 million and with the provision that 68% material from South Africa be used in the manufacturing process. • A hand-spinning and weaving factory for fabrics erected in Umtata, Transkei to create jobs for blacks by the Bantu Investment Corporation. • The cape Hospitals Department spend R23 million on new hospitals, including the new University of Stellenbosch Teaching Hospital.

      amelia.basson - 2012-10-12 10:04

      • A two-storey hotel for blacks erected in Daveyton, Springs for use by black sportsmen and VIP’s handed over to black entrepreneurs by Benoni Town Council. • Dr FW Quass says that of the 2060 welfare organisations in the country, 2000 are aimed at the black population. • The Department of Statistics releases figures of an 18% increase in employment. Monthly income for the year rose to R111,4 million compared to the previous year’s R102 million. • Some coloured townships, including Haarlem in the Langkloof, exempted from the Group Areas Act and put under own administration. • Between 1959 and 1962 a total of 91 631 houses for blacks were built at a cost of R38 million in urban areas, while 474 sub-economic units were built for whites at a cost of R1 million. • South Africa has 300 000 miners employed at gold mines and 250 000 in coal mines. The fatality figures stands at 1,29 per thousand workers. • Foreign investment grew from R142 million in 1961 to R503,6 million according to Trust Bank. • The government announces plans to make it possible for 35 000 Xhosas in Western Transvaal to bring out special votes during the Transkei elections. • Chief Pilane of the Tswana says he foresees the establishment of an independent Tswana state where his people and whites “can live in peace as we have always done”. • PW Botha, Minister of Housing, announces plans to build 2000 houses in Klerksdorp and 2000 in Port Elizabeth to make provision for new immigrant employees.

      amelia.basson - 2012-10-12 10:11

      TODAY'S LEADERS & HEADLINES: R582m roads for Zuma village ... cry the beloved country!

      mable.jacobs.90 - 2012-10-17 11:02

      paved with gold, I bet

  • logical007 - 2012-10-10 10:24

    What a load of hog wash!!!! Why would Mbeki fix this town no one except Zuma and his family have heard about... There are main roads in popular areas with pot holes and no street markings but Jacob Zuma's village in KwaNxamalala, Nkandla, has 2 roads for R582m?

      junaid.vanderwalt - 2012-10-10 10:36

      Juju said it already "no wisdom in Nkandla".

      christian.denyschen - 2012-10-10 11:53

      What's this world becoming if we can quote malema now?

      aj.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-10-10 17:31

      Haha, look, we are getting a fourth capital! :-)

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-10-10 18:27

      Bob is Zuma's mentor

  • lownabester - 2012-10-10 10:24

    And the money keeps rolling out.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-10 11:59

      Highway to Hell

      sedeshan - 2012-10-10 17:43

      Until there ain't none left!

      bongile.langa - 2012-10-20 17:56

      @lownabester....and out, and out. he does not realize that spending taxpayre's money won't bring him any honour, praise as the leader but a two-faced corrupter of all time. should be ashamed mr president!!

  • siyanda.dube.1 - 2012-10-10 10:28

    I dont care even if the road cost R 1billion as long they building Roads with the money and not private estates....

      andrew.surtees1 - 2012-10-10 11:01

      are you that stupid? the roads lead directly to his private estate! 1+1 buddy, really get a education!

      ian.flack2 - 2012-10-10 11:01

      This road is obviously to be identified for e-tolling........thereby eliminating 90% of valid traffic so there won't be any traffic jams for the blue light brigade...!!!!!

      koketso.ngele.7 - 2012-10-10 11:01

      it's roads to his "private estate"

      neville.watson.94 - 2012-10-10 12:26

      Agree Andrew , He sound so stupid , lot of people still in shanties,

      JuliusYouPrick - 2012-10-10 14:58

      Siyanda you stupid moron! No wonder there are people who support Zuma and Malema!

      vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-10-10 18:28

      come on siyanda, even my grade 3 son understands this article

      christopher.collings.9 - 2012-10-11 03:22

      siyanda in the future think before u type k u have a brain for a reason try using it

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-10 10:28

    The real Zulu King better watch out as King Zuma is trying to outdo him.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-10 12:10

      eish maybe the dude in Swaziland will help Jacob out if he needs a little more cash after his failure to get re-elected

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-10 10:30

    Jesus wept. I dont want to look at the news anymore. When will this blatant spending end? Oh my

  • estie.erasmus.3 - 2012-10-10 10:33

    Dit is nou regtig belaglik mense gaan dood van die honger en leef in haaglike omstandighede en geld word gemors op nonsens en ja dit is nonsens. Waar is die behuising, elektrisiteit en werk skepping wat hy beloof het. Alles word nou ingepomp voor Mangaung kongres so indien hy nie die paal haal nie is alles klaar betaal met geld wat vir beter projekte gebruik kon word. Dan wonder die regering hoekom betaal baie mense nie meer belasting nie sodat dit gebruik kan word om paleise mee te betaal.

  • camp.j - 2012-10-10 10:33

    At least when Zuma takes us back to the stone age, his ox wagons should show very little wear and tear

  • leroy.reynolds.353 - 2012-10-10 10:33

    so what role does this town play in our economy?

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-10 12:15

      well - not sure about that, but at least we have managed to identify the Village Idiot

  • saintbruce.bruce - 2012-10-10 10:33

    What is the real cost of building a road? This one road is costing R 8.9 million per kilometre ! Is that realistic or the 'comrade' price? Has Public Works been prudent with the taxpayers money? Just a question.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-10 10:43

      Bruce, we have an extra millionaire or two...

  • croix.mactee - 2012-10-10 10:33

    Oh no! Not ANOTHER Nkandla scandal - Hell man, can you STOP already?

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-10 12:17

      all roads lead to Rome.. oops I mean Nkandla

  • fly.onthewall.54 - 2012-10-10 10:33

    Two months ago the news was reporting 2Billion to be spent but now two months later it sounds like 2Billion has been spent...

  • Indicup - 2012-10-10 10:35

    Whether Zuma is involved or not,So much money has gone into building this massive mansion,What about all the children without textbooks? When they fail who is the government going to blame that on? What about the millions of people without toilets and electricity? I see a close link to Zuma and Magabe,using the peoples money to build mansions.

      saintbruce.bruce - 2012-10-10 13:47

      At least he built a nice road up to his house so all the despondent and jobless can get there and camp at his front door!

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-10 10:36

    And some people still support this despot. Eish the morals of Africa!

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-10 12:15


  • gxarha.vambane.3 - 2012-10-10 10:37

    New pick up line...I love like Zuma loves Nkandla sure you wont bounce with that one

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-10 10:37

    The poser I would like answered how much traffic uses or will use these 2 new roads? Should the volumes justify the construction do not have a problem. However I suspect a very different picture will emerge and only JZ and his family will travel these routes.

      keithpatkell - 2012-10-10 16:51

      No the Zoomer won't be using the roads...haven't you read the reports? He's had a heli-port built within his luxury harem....hell, who needs a car when you can fly....?

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-10 10:37

    6.7 million rand per KM? WTF? Who got this contract?

      fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-10-10 10:43

      I have looked around - these prices seems par for the course with maximums going as high as R25mil per KM

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-10-10 10:39

    Are these being tolled? Should the principle of user pays not be applied to these?

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-10 10:42

      Yes they should be tolled!

      John - 2012-10-10 11:22

      No, they are not tolled, but they are TROLLED...

  • tony.angel.3975 - 2012-10-10 10:46

    As i can see from the picture,there are quite a number of trees. Wondering if they are building any toilets?

  • andrew.surtees1 - 2012-10-10 10:47

    this is disgusting, no wonder the education department has suffered so much, Zuma is to busy building roads to his house! this is the biggest waste of money, people we need to come together and get this man out and ontop of that i think he needs to face corruption charges as well as theft of the peoples tax money NOT meant for personal wellfare! if people vote for ANC then they must not complain, if you have voted also dont compalin as you are the people who voted this trash into power! all of you that voted for the ANC are gonna realize when its to late, if all else fails you blame the white man, if anything the white man can make a change if you just get over you apartheid excuse and realize that time is over and cannot be blammed for what is happening now!

      keithpatkell - 2012-10-10 17:04

      Andrew in any “conventional ", functioning, rational, judicious autonomous government or state this degree of blatant corruption would be cause for impeachment! Note, I say any normal, or functioning DEMOCRATIC government, but apparently, within the cANCer government this type of corruption is the norm....after all the "ministerial handbook" tells us so doesn't it?

      bornagiesnkululeko.nxumalo.1 - 2012-10-15 15:38

      Plse people do your research first and then comment.

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-10-10 10:50

    They could have taken this money and paid for the Gauteng toll roads.

  • michael.hein.7374 - 2012-10-10 10:50

    I wonder if they will put up E-tolls there? WTF, some places have no toilets but lets build a new road for millions in a F**king villiage! election time must be nearing!!!!

  • victor.windsor - 2012-10-10 10:53

    Fix the country's roads you D*#S

  • litha.kutta.7 - 2012-10-10 10:55

    All roads leads to Nkandla, the loot station. Guess there will be Nkandla train in the mould of Gautrain there, maybe even ACSA will build an airport eNkandla,and will not be shocked if they build if they build a big shower facility and deny they were inspired by Zapiro, and add a onion farm in the mix, to justify the shower facility. Mchunu must really think we are stupid, very stupid.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-10 10:57

    Zuma = Mugarbe = that sack of $hit running swaziland. that the people don't see or know about this is so sad. the struggle put the worst that the ANC has to offer in charge of the money and boy are they having a blast !!

  • jabulani.mokomane - 2012-10-10 11:01

    I am freezing with shock!!!

  • Michael - 2012-10-10 11:02

    This issue of questioning anything that is happening around Zuma is becoming a problem, is there any road that can be less than millions of rands, especially is it is to be built in rural area?

  • zaahid.ismail.9 - 2012-10-10 11:06

    From the SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERMENT WEBSITE ( 4.1 In line with the provisions of the Self-Adjusting Slate Levy Mechanism, a Slate Levy of 13.16 c/l will have to be implemented into the price structures of petrol and diesel with effect from 3 October 2012. Was anyone aware of this?

  • patrick.hlatswayo - 2012-10-10 11:06

    FU Zuma and ANC I think ill give madam my vote in the next elections. Thats our TAX going to Nkandla.

      danielle.vlok - 2012-10-10 11:14

      Patrick, I honestly hope you do. Give your vote to anyone BUT the ANC for that matter. Not only are these politicians wasting money that should have been spent on the youth and the poor, they insult our intelligence by trying to justify it with a whole lot of BS!

      langa.kumalo - 2012-10-10 11:44

      Don't give it to the Madam give it to any other party besides the racist DA

      patrick.hlatswayo - 2012-10-10 11:50

      DA is the only opposition party which can challenge ANC few years down the line, racism or no racism change is needed before its too late. I dont want to waste my vote

      langakumalo - 2012-10-10 11:55

      You being blinded by them. They can't wait to run the country again so that they stop BEE, employment equity etc policies. They are the voice of the rich in this country! Mostly being white people.You can vote for the IFP, COPE,etc

      sagin.verity - 2012-10-10 12:42

      Langa You are being racist and short sighted. Do You not want the best for Your country?

      khwibi.s.aphane - 2012-10-10 14:48

      Lets not pretend we r not racists. we all are, but some racists have the advantage. I would like Danielle to unpack how she will spend money on youth. just to highlight a few things about the youth. they are forever horney, drunk, high and very dependent on government. not creative at all. They are Izikhothane and forever complaining about not getting assistance because they initiate nothing positive. There is some good in some though. Go to NEF and find out how many applicants do they get from the youth. Voting for DA is not a solution. I cannot see any creativity within that team of ladies(not being sexiest) All they do is complain about the youth subsidy which they have stolen from ANC recycle bin.

  • Fox Trixter - 2012-10-10 11:08

    viva Julias viva!!! I can see some few faces turning red and thats what i like more! People getting angry over a name... Lol

  • susan.pretorius.31 - 2012-10-10 11:10

    Are those grass roofs? Hope he have got insurance against fire!

      tony.angel.3975 - 2012-10-10 11:53

      They will most probably use it later when the wood is depleted!

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-10 11:11

    I can only imagine who did the needs assesment for this road, probably one of the members in Zuma's sindicate. You know they are well trained in the art of mis-appropriation and fraud.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-10-10 11:13

    This is daytime looting of public funds and in full view of law enforcement agencies. I don't think, Zuma and Co would be going at this rate at the time of Ngcukana and McCarthy in tyhe NPA. It goes to show how useless the agency has become and incapacited since Polokwane.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-10 11:13

    mchunu you are lying, there are many places that need more attention in S.A more than this nkanda - yeses do you think we are stupids. gaa...

  • alain.d.thomas - 2012-10-10 11:14

    I hope they put E-Tolls on those roads

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-10 12:18

      nah - but there are bound to be some Blue Light E-Trolls on the roads at Nkandla

  • serena.johnston.7 - 2012-10-10 11:15

    Tell the USA intelligence that there are WMD hidden in his homestead !! problem solved!!

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-10 11:19

    Mr mchunu is talking pure rubbish, mbeki wouldn't recommend this senseless expenditure.

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-10-10 12:00

      @sthembiso.jali:)I concur, if it was approved by Mbeki why it took ages? That Mchunu forgot to take his medication for mental illness of some sort. Just give that man a Bell's.

  • chiepner - 2012-10-10 11:23

    We all know that 291 mil atleast is going into some corrupt persons (more than one) pocket. Animal Farm people - the pigs are eating as much as they can but what they tend to over look is the dark clouds gathering just over the horizon which sooner or later will break above their heads. The poor of this country is getting fed up and the governments inability to spend money on the people they promised they will look after and this is going to have detrimental effects on those arrogant fat cats sitting in their cosy little corruptly aquired offices eventually. Keep this up ANC and before you know it you will be forced to rig votes just like uncle Bob does because the people has lost all faith in this once great institution.

  • smahlaba - 2012-10-10 11:23

    So much money spent just to satisfy a few. I wonder how many schools who have been built with all those amounts given to the Pres and his family. We are moving in the wrong direction in SA. Our current leaders have no vision but I suspect they don't see any bright future for SA and therefore want to get as much as they can now.

  • leila.monroe - 2012-10-10 11:24

    Freaking RIDICULOUS!!! Are there anybody in government with an IQ higher than two??? Pathetic!

  • tebogo.makaneta - 2012-10-10 11:25

    Okay,thank you for the useless info. A typical day in S.A

  • khathu.rasi - 2012-10-10 11:26

    Things are only happening in Nkandla, why? I thot Limpopo was a priority, well its not President s home, mxm why not share the deleopment ?

  • - 2012-10-10 11:26

    Hope they have tolls!!!!!!

  • teresa.villarini - 2012-10-10 11:30

    Good God! And the schools, hospitals, clinics, roads fall to sh*t! People are starving! But let's spend because its only taxpayers money! We are catching up to Zimbabwe in a big hurry !

  • adrian.jardin - 2012-10-10 11:35

    How much more of our money are these chops going to squander on their self-importance projects ?

  • Halidi Orama - 2012-10-10 11:39

    thats develpment we want,even f Zuma dies today that road wll be used by evrybdy moreover the roads are nt heading to Zuma,s residetial area.

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-10 12:22

      Troll alert

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-10 11:40

    All of these imbeciles think alike. As long as they can rape the state coffers and benefit from it, they will keep doing so. Nobody will convince me that this is pure co-incidence that Zuma's spending spree on his private residence and the road building happens so soon after one another.

  • majozim - 2012-10-10 11:40

    Surely only 2% if not none of you here knows the place you making noise about and how it's look like, Nkandla is place with human beings as well, who happened to have rights to decent roads and living, it's not only Zuma who lives there. The roads and infrastructures in that area are a shame, we can make all sort of noise about the stupid village but not the roads cause they benefits all the people of that area not only Zuma..

      andrew.surtees1 - 2012-10-10 11:50

      @majozim your really are blind arent you? then why isnt it happening all over the country? there is not need to focus on one place because the president lives there? the fact is that all this money us going towards his own benifits you idiot, he has just spend 203million doing touch ups on his own personal house cause he thinkgs its right! where did any of that money go to the local people there for their houses? NON OF IT CAUSE YOU BLIND AND TO STUPID TO ADMIT IT!. why do you think there are presidental suits in hotels that already cost over R30,000-00 a night to stay, the tax payer already pays for the when we have geust presidents come over to our country, this was the excuse you blady president gave to do more alterations to this house of his that is actually his own personal hotel for his blady family which also milk the system to their advantages! so take your crappy comment and show it up your ass!

      christopher.shining - 2012-10-10 12:05

      majozim...yussis you guys are dumb...cannot make any other just dumb, and the dumbest part of it, you do not realise how dumb you are...

      alan.gernet - 2012-10-10 12:24

      Then apply the beloved USER PAYS principle there. Sheeeesh - apparently youneed to be a rocket scientist to work out why the rural village of Nkandla got ultra expensive new roads (for free).

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-10-10 11:44

    Kuseza kubanzima

  • langa.kumalo - 2012-10-10 11:46

    Do you people honestly think Zuma should be sacked and Kgalema be president. Things will go from bad to worse. Kgalema==Malema

      andrew.surtees1 - 2012-10-10 12:14

      non of them, i would do a better job of running the country! least i wouldNT blow the tax payers money on myself as Zuma is already earning over 20 million a year with his salary! that money would go directly to education and job creation as well as informal settlments that need toilets,housing and electricity! BOOM THANX FOR COMING,NO TAKE YOU COMMENT AND SHOVE IT...BOY!

      khwibi.s.aphane - 2012-10-10 14:04

      @Andrew. Thanks for the promise to jobs. maybe we can form a party, but how would u create jobs? I am tired of this poverty.