Yes to Nkandla Development

2012-12-19 18:35

"The government is planning a new R2-billion town in President Jacob Zuma's home village of Nkandla and taxpayers will have to pick up half the tab, the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday. Initial estimates were that the government would have to direct more than R1-billion of taxpayers' money into the development. Another R1-billion would be needed from the private sector to make the project viable. It was the brainchild of Masibambisane, a rural development organization Zuma chairs, which the Democratic Alliance has described as a “hand-out scheme used by Zuma to curry favour”. But the department of rural development and land reform had taken up the project with apparent enthusiasm."


Yes to Nkandla Development

In 2006 Nkandla was put forward as one of the 50 most deprived regions in KZN and it was earmarked to become part of three priority corridors that would link the region with the province's interior. When President Jacob Zuma took over as president in 2009, he created plans to deal with the task of bridging the gap between urban and rural development. Nkandla is a pilot project of this initiative.

Critism of this "R2-billion" town is pure rubbish, aimed at undermining government's attempts to develop the neglected rural areas and communities. It is criticized by those who still believe that multi-billion-rand projects belong to the cities. They think open toilets and gravel roads are only developments suitable for rural areas. Such initiations will go a long in addressing the problems of urban decay, urban congestion, and soaring demands for services and work opportunities in urban services.

The smart village would ensure that job opportunities were created in Nkandla to boost the local economy because residents would not have to travel to towns like Eshowe to buy necessities.

Even the president's spokesman, Zuma's spokesman, Mac Maharaj, described the criticism as “reckless” and “without basis in fact”. The DA is out there talking rubbish "ANC offers Zumaville - DA offers jobs."

I wish to ask the DA will this not create jobs? Will this not put food on tables? Will this not help develop rural areas? The DA is only showing interest and requesting inquires into the Zumaville because it is in Nkandla, had the same been done in the Eastern Cape or North West there would be no noise about it. It had to start somewhere; it could have started in Qunu

Dipo Mzobe who with Pres Zuma co-chairs the NGO said “But, most importantly, such a development would ensure that what we produce in this area is then processed locally so that we maximize the economic spin-offs from our own produce. This is part of the broader initiative on food security.”

Yes to Nkandla Development

Thank You ANC.

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