Construction begins at Chinese-owned “African Manhattan” in Modderfontein

It will be the 'New York City of Africa' Chinese firm Shanghai Zendai insist.
It will be the ‘New York City of Africa’ Chinese firm Shanghai Zendai insist.

From the SA Press Association

Construction has started on a new Chinese financed R84 billion city in Modderfontein, Gauteng, The Star reported on Thursday.

Work on the first set of 300 residential units and some of the roads were reportedly already underway.

Chinese firm Shanghai Zendai acquired 1600 hectares of land in Modderfontein in 2013 to build the city.

Zendai South Africa chief operating officer Du Wendui said the development was a 10 to 15 year project, and there would be scepticism about its success, based on artists’ impression of it as the new Manhattan of Africa.

“The project will be market driven, and depending on what our clients or developers want, the sky is the limit. Twenty years ago, nobody would have imagined that Sandton would look like it does today with its multiple skyscrapers,” he was quoted as saying.

Plans for the city include a central business district, churches, a library, hospital and medical facilities, a sports and international conference centre, schools, and low-cost housing, among others.

Zendai’s chairman Dai Zhikang said in 2013 that the project would transform the property into a “New York of Africa”.

“It will become the future capital for the whole of Africa,” he said. – SAPA

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