Roads to Isandlwana battlefields will be upgraded 

By Celani Sikhakhane

Minister of Transport Sindi Chikunga briefed the Zulu royal family on Monday on the long-awaited R180-million upgrade to the gravel roads leading to the Isandlwana battlefields in Nquthu, KwaZulu-Natal.

Chikunga told the family that her department has instructed Sanral to speed up the project to tar about nine gravel roads in the area.

“We did that because Isandlwana is a heritage site which attracts local and international tourists,” she said.

The announcement that the roads would be tarred was first made by Sanral in 2019.

This was after the late King Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu asked the agency to upgrade the roads which are used by international tourists, historians and Zulus who visit the Isandlwana Mountain to speak to their ancestors. 

The roads connect historical places in Nquthu, including Incepheni Hill, Mangeni River Falls, Shiyane and Maduladula, where British troops camped.

Some were strategic gateways to the Isandlwana Mountain that were used by the Zulu regiments of King Cetshwayo kaMpande. 

Pictures above: Transport Minister Sindi Chikunga accompanied by Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Cyril Xaba brief the Zulu royal family elders on the Isandlwana roads upgrade. 

Image source: Supplied 

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