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Hotel at uMlalazi mouth will be 'ready for 2010'

A multi-million rand hotel to be built inside an uMhlathuze tribal authority that is expected to be ready for 2010 has yet to start construction, but the developers are confident they will make the deadline, writes Jonathan Erasmus in the Zululand Fever (17 July 2009).

Shangri-La Holiday Beach Resort presently occupies the site of the proposed Sawubona Hotel near Port Durnford.

Sawubona Hotel

The Port Durnford development is part of aBEE R600-million hotel chain to be called Sawubona Hotels and is expected to accommodate almost 250 people in four or five star accommodation.
Being financed by soccer tycoon Jomo Sono, who already owns the Formula One Group as well as a stake in the Southern Sun Group, Sawubona Hotel project manager Happy Mphiphira said they are still awaiting environmental approval which should have been completed by the end of June.
'Change our plans'
'We believe we will be 2010 ready however we might have to change our building plans to accommodate the shortened time and the recommendations by the environmental report,' said Mphiphira.
The site is on the north bank of the uMlalazi River mouth, 20km south of Richards Bay and falls within the Mkhwanazi Tribal Authority.
Authority spokesman Sipho Mkhwanazi said the community would have liked the project to have started 'yesterday' but they respect the due processes of government.
'The Mkhwanazi Tribal Authority is 100% behind the project however we respect the relevant authorities doing the necessary environmental assessments,' said Mkhwanazi.
The tribal authority has been promised a 40% stake in the project as well as first preference and training for employment opportunities.
Scoping Report
The hotel which was scheduled to break soil earlier this year experienced a set-back when several environmental bodies discarded the original scoping report in March citing multiple omissions in the document.
'The document lacked necessary information such as not giving detail of the project's footprint, properly addressing service provision nor did it appear to consider the Integrated Coastal Management Act. However we are not objecting to the project just monitoring that due process is followed,' said WESAA KZN region EIA Co-ordinator Carolyn Schwegman.

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Port Dunrford Project


I am doing a research about a Port Durnford project you wrote about in 2009. This was concerning a Hotel building project.

How do I get hold of you?

My name is Sabelo Ntuli
083 534 7446
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