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The community of Macambini on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast remains adamant that a multi-billion rand development project spearheaded by the provincial government and Dubai firm Ruwaad will not go ahead on its land.
The R44billion AmaZulu World project was set to turn the rich agricultural terrain of Macambini into a tourist paradise. It would create 160 000 jobs. It is being led by Premier Sbu Ndebele.
The community's objection stems from their concern that "people would have to give up the land of their forefathers" to make way for the development. They have assigned local Inkosi Khayelihle Mathaba to negotiate with Dubai-based Sport Cities International (SCI) on their behalf.
Yesterday Mathaba said: "This is what my community wants. We will not be removed from the land of our ancestors and will not have their graves touched."
The Ruwaad development has the support of the provincial government, big business and King Goodwill Zwelethini, yet the majority of the Macambini people fear that "they will lose not only their land but their identity" if the deal goes ahead.
ANC provincial secretary Senzo Mchunu said it was inaccurate for some in the media to assume the ANC had a problem with Ndebele.
"We support both projects. People should avoid politicising any development and investment project as this will spell doom for the province."
He said the ANC believed that all stakeholders, "community and investors", should proceed with great care and caution before any final decision is taken.
"Investment is good for our province. "But people should not be forced to take a decision and make a choice over these projects without proper explanations being given."
The IFP called on the ANC-led government to step in and decisively address "the confusion" that is being created over the two "rival" projects.
IFP provincial chairman Mntomuhle Khawula said it was important for the ruling party to address the issue immediately.