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A ThingLink Welcome to Zumaville

Recently I have been playing with ThingLink with the aim of discovering ways to use it in my lectures and workshops.

 (More on ThingLink later, but suffice to say that it is an online service that makes it possible for users to embed audio, video and rich media links directly into images and then to share those interactive images across the web. From an education and training point of view, the possibilities are huge.)

As it happens, I picked up that Phillip de Wet, Associate Editor of the Mail & Guardian has also discovered ThingLink. He put together this image of the area around Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma’s home town in KwaZulu-Natal, using the service.

(move your mouse over the image to highlight info points)

Referred to in government documents as “the emerging town known as the Nkandla Smart Growth Centre” has taken on the populist title of Zumaville. Its planned location is indicated by the upper most ‘i’ icon on the extreme left of the image above.

It will feature shopping centres, sports fields and modern housing set on tree-lined avenues according to concept plans and graphics from the architects, Mashabane Rose.

The development plans for Zuma’s homestead and in the surrounding Nkandla area (and projects already undertaken)are presently being hotly debated by the nation.

The M&G and City Press are at the forefront of much of the investigative journalism taking place. If you’re really interested in these shenanigans you can start your own reading to find out more here, here and here with an eye on the “related stories” links on those pages.

Another excellent place to start is in the Mail & Guardians Zumaville Special Report section.

Images and plans of the proposed development are available here: Multimedia Slideshow: Welcome to Zumaville – Mail & Guardian Online



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