The edge of Africa. And the beginning of a continent covering one-fifth of the total land surface of Earth. The second largest continent, yet a remnant of a single global supercontinent.
On this spot, 165 million years ago, long before man, an observer would have watched as Madagascar was carried away by the oceanic plate which still exists under the deep waters just offshore. India and Australasia left with it.
This is a place of origin of humankind. A place from which the long walk northwards took some out of Africa a few million years after it began. While for those who remained, even in modern times, it has still been a long walk to freedom.
This is KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The heartland of the former Zulu Kingdom.
In this untarnished coastal region, this special place, we have special responsibility to do something imaginative. Novel. Future forming.
To alleviate poverty by solving the problem of chronic unemployment. While providing housing, education and health for the local community.
On a blank canvas, we have conceptualised the creation and future growth of a vibrant new city. One to draw attention and tourism in equal measure. To address today's needs and tomorrow's aspirations.
To provide a beacon of hope and opportunity. A multicultural society at peace with itself in a tranquil setting. A model of sustainability. A garden city.
An ark for man’s fellow travellers in the animal and plant kingdoms.
And an ark for that which is equally precious — our shared humanity.
Sustainable Economic Development. Big words! Which mean helping people. This generation and the next.
In different ways, in many countries, we've done this for three decades. Everywhere. Well, almost everywhere. Sure, there are countries we've not worked in. But not many.
African Ark typifies what we do. It deals with the complexity of evolving a poor region to create a new something (in this case a city) which improves the lives and living standards of the local community.
It embraces new things. New thinking. New ways. New products. Why wouldn't it? Just doing what's already been done is totally unimaginative.
Take a look at what we've done. And what we can do.
And if we can help you, we will. Call us.