Zulu theme to thrill UK

Shaka statue, restau­rant, mu­rals for well-heeled

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE - SAMEER NAIK

A TOW­ER­ING nine-me­tre bronze Shaka Zulu statue, an up­mar­ket yet au­then­tic SA restau­rant, a night­club, a cock­tail lounge, and an African The­atre: This is what South Africans in Lon­don can look for­ward to when the R66 mil­lion theme venue Shaka Zulu opens its doors in Cam­den Mar­ket.

The venue, sit­u­ated in the north-west of Lon­don, will have 18m wooden mu­rals cov­er­ing the walls and ceil­ings, a dance floor, a wa­ter-gar­den with crys­tal leop­ards and a seat­ing area for 750 peo­ple. And the de­vel­op­ers fully ex­pect the venue to be a reg­u­lar haunt of the rich and fa­mous.

En­dorsed by Zulu King Good­will Zwelithini, vis­i­tors will be able to eat South African food and drink SA’s favourite wines and beers.

A huge dis­play cab­i­net is be­ing built at the en­trance of the venue to hold all kinds of South African goods in­clud­ing art­work from Zulu peo­ple.

Shaka Zulu – de­vel­oped by world-renowned en­tre­pre­neur and leisure em­pire boss Roger Payne – is also meant to pro­mote South Africa in the runup to the World Cup when it opens it doors in April.

Payne is in South Africa to meet the Zulu monarch to dis­cuss the venue and a pos­si­ble work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Bayede, a KwaZulu-Natal jobcre­at­ing en­ter­prise. It pro­duces a range of Zulu-in­spired prod­ucts, pre­dom­i­nantly made by lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and is al­ready en­dorsed by Zwelithini.

Payne and his team have also been try­ing to do as many deals as pos­si­ble with South African com­pa­nies like Dis­tell which pro­duces Sa­vanna cider which has re­cently be­come very pop­u­lar in the UK.

The Shaka Zulu project is also hop­ing to cre­ate a re­la­tion­ship with Ed­u­ca­tion Africa, the char­ity that helps dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren.

Paul Ban­nis­ter, CEO of the In­ter na­tional Mar­ket­ing Coun­cil, said the Shaka Zulu venue would play a pos­i­tive role in pro­mot­ing tourism by cre­at­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence within an im­por­tant mar­ket.

Ban­nis­ter added that the Zulu tribe has be­come one of the world’s best known “eth­nic brands”.

The Zulu na­tion was brought to the at­ten­tion of UK cit­i­zens in 1879 dur­ing the bat­tles of Isan­dl­wana and Rorke’s Drift.

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