TAF City: Foundation stone laid for a new city in Gunjur
Gambian President H.E Adama Barrow has today laid the foundation stone for a brand new smart city in Gunjur to be built by TAF Africa Global of Mr Mustapha Njie (TAF).
TAF City which is to be built by Taf Africa Global of estate developer, Mustapha Njie covers five thousand hectares of land between Gunjur and Sifoe in the Kombo South District of The Gambia. The city will be twice the size of Gambia’s current capital city Banjul. The city will deliver five thousand units of housing and create sixty thousand job opportunities in the process.
The TAF City development will boast of shopping center, petrol station, markets, shops, restaurants, offices and business centers as well as a university, nursery, lower and middle schools, high school, vocational school and a university. The city will also have sports and gym facilities.. In addition, the new smart city will have industrial, logistics, agricultural facilities. Residential estate with a retirement village, parks and open spaces, a student accommodation and a boutique hotel are some of the facilities the new city is designed to have modern lifestyles at "affordable prices"
TAF City in Gunjur is the beginning of Taf Africa Global's pledge to build one million homes in Africa in 20 years. Prices for the housing at TAF City start from D2.3 million for a two bedroom house to D7.1 million for a 4 bedroom story building.
Construction works are in high gear as TAF City begins with the construction of the first estate of the city called "Benna Estate.
Despite TAF Africa Global dubbing the TAF City in Gunjur as " A modern lifestyle at affordable prices" concerns have been raised on the true affordability of these houses due to the deposit and mortgage repayment figures that may be out reach for many Gambians. Some environmental concerns have also been raised on the land which is to host 5000 housing units on the vast woodland that has been used largely as agricultural farmland.
However, these concerns have been addressed by the developer that TAF City will be smart, environmentally and ecologically friendly as thousands of trees are to be planted throughout the city. Whatever you look at TAF City, it's a welcome addition to the housing sector of the country and the potential employment opportunities that come with this huge infrastructural development.