Modern huts for king’s new palace

Mayibongwe Maqhina, The Witness

Durban - A glimpse into the proposed plan for the Zulu royal palace in Ulundi shows that it will boast nine thatched “beehive huts” arranged in a circle with a central cattle enclosure.

“These will be constructed with a steel framework, as opposed to the traditional wooden latticework structure, as they will be much bigger than the traditional huts,” according to documents from the environmental consulting firm Brousse-James and Associates.

The documents said the proposed palace “will have tremendous cultural and spiritual significance to the Zulu royal family which, in a sense, will be ‘coming home’”.

King Goodwill Zwelithini wishes to re-establish a royal residence at Emakhosini Valley - where Zulu nation founder King Shaka was born and the ancestral home to his grandfather King Jama.

Apart from the thatched “beehive huts”, the palace will have a prayer unit, two guard houses, two ablution blocks, covered parking bays and garage, guest accommodation facility, fenced grazing site for royal cattle, among others.

One or more small dams may be built on the stream below the palace.

It added that electricity would be initially supplied by solar power with a generator back-up. “At a later stage, an Eskom connection may be considered, but at this stage, the existing Eskom network does not allow for cost-effective connection to the proposed residence.”

Water will come from a borehole and sewage will be processed by a “package plant”.

- The Witness
Brian Currie 2014-08-11 09:53:46 AM
I wonder if it will have a FIRE POOL?
Ann Murray 2014-08-11 09:54:42 AM
And just why is this newsworthy? My goodness, surely there are more important things to write about. It is a disgrace that this man is funded by the government/tax payers monies - in fact it is totally ludicrous. Another JZ in the making by the looks of things!
Herman Booysen 2014-08-11 09:54:44 AM
Ok who is paying for this one ?
Lawrence Robert Atkinson 2014-08-11 09:56:51 AM
Brian Curry, you got in first.
Sisie Indola 2014-08-11 10:01:20 AM
And the cost of these so called "mud huts" will be - you guessed it R500 million.
Khanya Thokozani Mhlengi Nyawo 2014-08-11 10:13:11 AM
We all understand that as black people we need to respect our cultural heritage and all that but were in the world does it say that we as a country and as ethic nation should upgrade and elevate those who were born with the right blood type and forget those that work hard everyday to put food on the table...... Judging from what I've seen in the past this type of development will bring nothing to the area that is going to be built..... Im sorry but i just find this very disappointing and in many ways I fear that such is becoming a habit
Proudly White 2014-08-11 10:24:48 AM
And we all know where that money will come from, good ol' SA
David Luis 2014-08-11 10:31:34 AM
21st century and the tax payer needs to fork out millions for a clown (err.. I mean Fking) who walks around with feathers on his head? go tell it to the poor.
Bertie Hunter Kenedy Henery 2014-08-11 10:48:53 AM
They should pay for this with etoll earnings
Andrew MacDonald 2014-08-11 10:52:48 AM
king? what is this king thing? we dont believe in the king or the what what queen chief nonsense. we are free.