De Beers executive, Manne Dipico, confirmed that the casino and hotel magnate had approached the diamond company."Sol Kerzner is looking at Namaqualand as a whole but particularly the sea, which is unspoilt," said Dipico, deputy chairman of De Beers Consolidated Mines.
Speaking at a function this week, marking the upgrade of the Port Nolloth jetty, Dipico
wants to put up something and they are doing investigations ...He
wants to look at this place to bring part of his
billions to this area for tourism."Dipico
had no details of Kerzner's plans for the resort and Kerzner International in New York did not respond to telephone and e-mail inquiries.
said Kerzner was among a number of "big names" who were looking at Namaqualand's
said the planned merger with Alexcor would not jeopardise negotiations with South African National Parks (Sanparks) to include the stretch of coast between the Groen and Spoeg rivers in an expanded Namaqua National Park.
...Dipico said it should be easy to resolve any remaining sticking points in the negotiations between De Beers and Sanparks.
"The people of Namaqualand
must be the winners in the long term," he
I appeal to Dipico
to take this into account in the condition of sale .