Nkuna City is a smart city project now under construction on 119 hectares of land near the town of Elim in Limpopo, South Africa’s northernmost province. Industry, shopping centers, value retail, residential, business site, hotel with conference facilities, intermodal facility, medical, educational, and sports facilities are all planned for the city.
The Masingita Group of Companies, which is a leader in large-scale retail property development in South Africa, is behind the project. After Lanseria Smart Metropolis, Mooikloof Mega City, and Durban Aerotropolis, Nkuna City is said to be the fourth post-apartheid city to be created. However, unlike the others, Masingita Group believes that the Nkuna City development could be the first of its kind.
The developer of the project, who already owns many retail malls in Gauteng, Limpopo, and the North West, declared that a vision pushed him to build malls and cities because he believed that black people could not merely be good for RDP housing.
Smart cities are predicted to produce thousands of jobs, boost local economies, and transform the property landscape in the United States. Nkuna City, according to Masingita Group, is no exception. It would create over 8,000 temporary jobs during construction and over 6,000 permanent ones once completed.
The same can be said for the Lanseria city being developed by SMEC South Africa, an international company with over 70 years of engineering and infrastructure development experience, the Mooikloof City being developed by Steven Brookes’ Balwin Properties, and the Durban Aerotropolis being developed by Dube Tradeport, a KwaZulu-Natal government business company near King Shaka International Airport.
Nkuna stated that he was devoted to constructing new cities, arguing that the democratic administration had merely renamed existing ones.