Big development plans for KwaMbonambi
MAJOR development plans are on the cards for the community of KwaMbonambi under the Mbuyazi Tribal Authority.
This was outlined in a presentation of a master plan by developers eLan Property Group in Richards Bay on Wednesday.
The group had been tasked by the Mbonambi Community Trust to spearhead the project which is expected to contribute to the local economic growth.
The planned developments which will run from Mzingazi towards KwaMbonambi feature a number of amenities including a taxi city, water park, residential property, game park, equestrian centre and shopping centre among others.
Presenting the master plan, eLan Property Development Director, Andrew Thompson said the identified space on the Mbuyazi land has big potential for development.
‘We have chosen portions of land where we know it will work but subject to us going through the necessary environmental impact assessment process and the rezoning applications,’ Thompson said.
He added that the architectural designers wanted to ensure that this development contributes positively to the urban infrastructure of the city, ensure accessibility and protect the natural environment through sustainable design.
The group said direct engagements with all the relevant stakeholders will continue.
Speaking after the presentation, administrator of the Mbonambi Traditional Council, Martin Mbuyazi said this development will change the entire spectrum of the rural community.
He said the vision is to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for the people of Mbonambi while delivering services.
‘When the new community trust was put in place we had to formulate a plan of action which we presented to the relevant stakeholders previously and what has happened today forms part of that plan.
‘We engaged eLan Group who have undertaken many other big projects in the province. We felt they would be able to assist us and they showed the willingness to work with our community.
‘They have concluded the master plan and today it was presented to stakeholders such as land claims, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Richards Bay Minerals, Mondi and Siyaqhubeka.’
Mbuyazi said the master plan is to illustrate to the stakeholders, the vision of the community.
‘As the Trust our core responsibility is to give our community a different outlook.
‘We do not have the money to start the development but we are beginning to lay a foundation for this vision.
‘And partnering with companies like eLan Property Group, we will then begin to attract investment and make this development a reality,’ Mbuyazi said.