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A chief, a widow and an R8m white elephant: what went wrong?

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A chief, a widow and an R8m white elephant: what went wrong?

A farming project by a cooperative of impoverished KZN women has been thwarted by a land dispute

LWAZI HLANGU

A provincial grant of about R8m to kick-start a much-needed farming project in KwaZulu-Natal has gone up in smoke as a chief and local woman fight over who owns the land. 

This emerged on Wednesday when KZN premier Sihle Zikalala visited eMambedwini, KwaMaphumulo, to find out why the income-generating project, aimed at creating jobs in the poverty-torn area, had become a white elephant despite a multimillion-rand injection of funds.

Zikalala and his team who were on oversight visits in the iLembe district as part of Operation Sukuma Sakhe — an outreach programme aiming at fast-tracking service delivery to impoverished communities — when they discovered the ownership dispute between Chief Skhwamasamambedu Khuzwayo and Sibongile Dlamini, the widow of Bhekameva David Ngema, who owned the land, had led to the project being stalled. ..

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