Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Team to Build New City Halfway around World

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Team to Build New City Halfway around World

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Byline: JONATHON MANNING Reporter jonathon.manning@reachplc.com @JONNYAMANNING

ATEAM of expert business advisors from the North East will play an instrumental role in the construction of a new city in South Africa to rejuvenate the economy around Durban.

The ground-breaking project is being handled by Hexham-based Creatif Group, which became involved in the scheme after speaking to a South African trade delegation that recently visited Newcastle. Under the scheme a group of villages known as Shaka Zulu will be merged to create a new city across a 25-square-mile patch of hills close to the Indian Ocean.

The Creatif Group has started working on the "imagineering phase" of the multi-year programme and is planning how the new city can be built and continue to develop in the future.

Creatif Group's announcement coincides with the Prime Minister's visit to South Africa where she outlined the Government's intention to work more closely with African nations.

The plan is to bring in UK trade experts, investment specialists, health and family planning policy makers and climate researchers to help solve joint problems.

Dr Harry Bradbury, chairman of Creatif Goup, said: "Now that the Prime Minister has outlined how the Government is going to build a trade agreement, we will be one of the first out of the box by doing this, and it should give the North East an advantage when it comes to future work."

Dr Bradbury, who is known in the North East for founding energy companies Five Quarter and Northern Syngas, said Creatif will need to consider what skills the local population have, what businesses can be brought in to fuel the economy, and how those industries can continue to develop to make sure they remain competitive on the world market.

Basic infrastructure requirements such as electricity, water supply, and education systems will also need to be considered. …

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