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NEW BOTIQUE HOTEL AT BUHLENI

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MBABANE – A state-of-the art hotel is coming to Buhleni.  Plans are well underway for the construction of an open house boutique hotel to be located along the Madlangemphisi–Mayiwane road across the Lugongodlwane River at the Ntabunezimpisi area.


The open house resort, which will incorporate an amusement park, amphitheatre, 120 bed hotel and 11 chalets, restaurants, multi-purpose indoor recreational facility and conference, will be erected on 10 hectares of land.


According to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) collated by SHERQ Professional Services in accordance with the Environmental Audit, Assessment and Review Regulations of 2000, the purpose of the project is to add to the development of the Buhleni town.


Ideal


SHERQ, whose Director is Wandile Hlatshwayo, explained that in line with His Majesty King Mswati III’s vision to mutate the kingdom into a First World country by 2022, the three star resort would be an ideal investment to propel the country into attaining its vision.


In the report, Hlatshwayo stated that Buhleni had been chosen for the scores of tourists and locals attracted by the annual Marula Festival which takes place in the early months of the year, normally in February. During the festival, different people from different parts of the world come together to have a taste of the naturally brewed marula beverage and also have a feel of other products manufactured using the indigenous fruit.


“The open house resort will add to the development of Buhleni since there is currently a shortage of entertainment facilities as well as guest houses,” reads the EIA in part.


Hlatshwayo explained that the project would be constructed in four phases anticipated to create approximately 200 jobs. The first phase being the erection of chalets followed by 60 hotel rooms, and then an additional 60 rooms, while the theme park will be the last. The theme park will comprise of a range of gaming technology and machines to cater for various age groups including a water slide connecting to a pool.


 “During the construction phases, local contractors will be given first preference. We also hope to bring a skills transfer to the people of Buhleni through provision of job opportunities and sustainable livelihood,” Hlatshwayo explained.


 Asked about the value of investment, Hlatshwayo said the actual amount of money to be injected into the project would be determined soon after finalisation of designs and logistics pertaining to the construction period.


In terms of how the project was anticipated to improve the country as whole, Hlatshwayo pointed out that the innovation and technology to be installed at the theme park would also help provide an opportunity to technocrats to explore their skills.
“We are confident that the upcoming project will unlock talent of the Buhleni folk especially in the field of technology,” added Hlatshwayo.


Submit


It should be mentioned that interested or affected parties have been requested to submit comments or objections as per the Environmental Audit, Assessment and Review Regulations of 2000 on or before January 18, 2019.


The Project Director, Siphiwe Dlamini, said the open house boutique hotel was borne out of the desire to provide tourists and locals with a different entertaining atmosphere. She said they also ought to improve the economy of the kingdom through job creation.


“We are building the open boutique hotel to give tourists a choice and also improve our beloved Eswatini for the better,” said Siphiwe.           
 Eswatini Tourism Authority Marketing Manager Bongani Dlamini said they were ecstatic about the new development. He said any improvement within the tourism industry would help a great deal towards attracting more tourists into the kingdom.


“Construction of the open house boutique hotel at Buhleni helps spread tourist attraction sites to all parts of the country as opposed to being confined within the Mbabane-Manzini corridor,” added Bongani.

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