Big de­vel­op­ment plans for KwaMbonambi

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Gugu Myeni

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.

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