A new R8 billion city will be built on the edge of Kruger National Park

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The Mpumalanga government is developing Nkosi City, the province’s first post-apartheid town, which will be located in the Pienaar region on the western border of Kruger National Park.

Construction of the 8 billion rand project could start as soon as June, with all government approvals already secured, developer Dovetail Properties told the Municipal press.

Dovetail Properties director Philip Kleijnhans said the development will take the form of “agricity” with small-scale farmland plots next to RDP houses, which will be integrated into the urban design from the outset. Agricultural projects will create jobs for women and unemployed youth, he said.

“This is a project where government, private enterprise and the local community are doing something together, probably for the first time. The city will not only be a central business district for the region, but also an agricultural hub of macadamia, citrus and cash crops, eventually totaling around 5,000 hectares,” Kleijnhans said.

An estimated 15,000 jobs are expected to be created, with electricity for the new city being partially supplied by a solar farm and a renewable biomass power plant.

Other features of the new town include:

Residential (3,471 houses & apartments):

  • RDP (1,747)
  • Social housing (apartments: 1,166)
  • Bonded accommodation (558)
  • Urban Farms: (241 Ha)

Education

  • (9 kindergartens)
  • (3 primary schools)
  • (2 secondary schools)
  • TVET College
  • Agricultural Training Center
  • Dovetail Foundation Training Center

Medical:

  • Provincial hospital and clinic
  • SPCA

Desks:

  • Hi-Street typical mixed use
  • Retail on the ground floor
  • First floor offices
  • Second floor apartments
  • Fire and emergency services
  • Police station, etc.
  • Post office
  • Office developments led by government and private tenants.

Retail:

  • 40,000m² shopping center
  • retail center
  • Fresh produce market
  • Entertainment and catering
  • Service station and assembly center
  • CBD with national and local tenants

Kleijnhans said developers will begin to engage with potential financiers and specialist developers for the many and diverse development opportunities in the new town.

New smart city

The announcement comes after Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane announced that work was underway to develop a new, distinct smart city in the province.

Presenting his province state address On Thursday, February 17, Mabuyane said the project was still in the planning and design phase as the provincial government struggled to attract investors.

“The development of the African Coastal Smart City is gaining momentum, following the President’s tour of the East Coast towards the end of 2021.

“This initiative will be a game-changer and catalyst for development and attracting investment across the Wild Coast. There are already investors who have shown interest in the region. To facilitate the implementation of the program on the Eastern Cape side, we have appointed Coega (Special Economic Zone) to group our projects.


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