Qunu city project a costly flop – DA
THE vision for Nelson Mandela’s village, Qunu in the Eastern Cape, to be developed into a state-of-theart city has flopped, five years after the initiation of a project by the provincial department of human settlements, according to the DA, which claims the project has cost taxpayers millions of rand, with nothing to show for it.
DA MPL Sanele Maqaqa said the project was initiated in 2012 by then Human Settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August. He said the aim was to create “an international special purpose city”.
“Qunu City was going to be the first modern city built by the ruling ANC government to honour Mandela’s legacy and increase economic activity in the area.
“The plans were to see grazing land turned into a buzzing city with hotels, banks, tourism accommodation facilities, an international leadership college and conferencing facilities.”
He said five years later, tens of millions of rand had been spent on consultants, and the project had been scrapped as it “became evident there was no hope of it reaching fruition”. During a parliamentary committee meeting on human settlements in the provincial legislature this week, it was revealed that R46 million had been allocated to the project since 2013, he said. |