Magwa-Majola Tea Estate to be the New Dubai
MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Nomakhosazana Meth unveiled a grand plan to turn the Magwa-Majola Tea Estate into a bustling eco-tourism centre which she termed a “New Dubai” during the three-day Eastern Cape Rural Development Indaba last week at the Magwa Estate.
The futuristic Magwa-Majola Tea Estate will see the estate, which employs more than 1 800 people, expanding from being a tea-producing enterprise to becoming a tourist destination of choice which will include a glass bridge over the majestic Magwa Falls and a lift (elevator) to enable tourists to move up and down the Magwa gorge.
Currently, the Estate has an 8-hole golf course, a guesthouse and a horse trail. “The new plans include the diversification of crops including avocado production, hemp, and macadamia nuts. The new tourist attraction will include a tea garden, an amphitheatre, glass bridge, conference facilities, a cultural village, a revamped processing plant, an 18-hole golf course where annual events can be held. A 5-star multi-storey hotel with an infinity lap pool is also part of the future plans,” said Meth.
“I want to put the completion of this establishment as one of my targets for the sixth administration government. I am very impressed to see people thinking big about the development of rural areas. Imagine having a glass bridge in Ingquza Hill, I saw a mini Dubai here today,” the MEC said after unveiling the artist’s impression of the Magwa-Majola Tea Estate.
The MEC said she is “confident that a city will be developed” in Magwa, adding that she is happy with the involvement of different stakeholders like the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) because construction of roads was the first target. The African Development Bank will be approached to invest in the infrastructure development of Magwa.