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South Africa in talks to host Disney theme park

Jeff Christiansen

The Walt Disney Company has been involved in talks with South African business delegations about hosting a theme park that could attract millions of visitors. It is believed that two South African provinces are vying to host the theme park.

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Both the Free State and Mpumalanga are believed to be in the running although Mpumalanga, which hosts 19 game parks including the Kruger, claims that it is the favourite.

Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency CEO Charles Ndabeni said the agency was negotiating terms of reference with Disney World, after which a feasibility study would be carried out. He also claims that it could be ready by 2020 and would generate an investment of 25 billion rand (2.6 billion euros).

However, the move was criticised by the Free State Democratic Alliance opposition which says that the “provincial funds should be spent on building houses rather than playgrounds.”

Disney says that is continually on the outlook for opportunities to grow its business although denied on Monday that it had specific plans to open a park in Africa .

However, both states have confirmed they sent delegations and that the race has begun to attract the multi-billion dollar theme park founded in 1966 by Walter Elias Disney.

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