In total contrast to my last two posts that mentioned the King of Nkandla and the DA possibly being involved in a housing scandal, is this R250million house which is part of a gated community called Steyn City that has been planted next to the township of Diepsloot in between JHB and Pretoria.
The initial phase costs R6billion.
Eventually, it’ll host 11 000 residences, sport facilities, a private hospital, two private schools,a retirement village and a number of office parks. Half the estate will be a park which will include a 42km running track.
One way to escape crime is to build a city you never have to leave.
It’s just a bit odd that the businessman behind it, Douw Steyn, uses the word “ubuntu” … maybe that’s his version of a possible 11 000 maids and 3000 gardeners getting jobs. However, criticism and fun aside, Steyn deserves credit for vision and investing his wealth in South Africa.
A bigger point that has been made by many commentators is that, when looking at this luxury house, Jacob Zuma got a raw deal with Nkandla which cost almost the same. Then, again, the basement below (that looks like a ballroom) may house 33 private cars but it doesn’t include a chicken run and a kraal.
Steyn City claims to have created 9641 jobs so far, has started a skills centre and developed underutilised veld areas at three schools into sporting facilities. I have no idea what Nkandla, if anything, has achieved.