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Nkandla: New aerial photos revealed

The latest aerial view was taken by an aerial mapping company using a hi-tech mapping aircraft.

The latest aerial view of Nkandla taken in August 2013 which was taken by an aerial mapping company using a hi-tech, high-altitude mapping aircraft.
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PRETORIA - Eyewitness News has obtained unreleased aerial photographs of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead which lays bare the full extent of development around the area.

While photos taken from aircraft have been published before, the pictures provided by technology website TechCentral were taken by a high-altitude mapping plane and are used by the likes of Google Earth.

A 2008 Google Earth satellite image shows what Zuma's homestead looked like before any development at all.
A Google Earth image from 2008 shows the original homestead before any development took place.

 

A 2010 aerial view of Nkandla taken off Google Earth.
A 2010 Google Earth image shows the progress of development.

 

The latest aerial view of Nkandla taken in August 2013 which was taken by an aerial mapping company using a hi-tech, high-altitude mapping aircraft.
The newly acquired image taken by an aerial mapping company using a hi-tech, high-altitude mapping aircraft in August 2013 shows the full development.

On Thursday, the security cluster warned the media against publishing pictures of the compound, but later clarified that only pictures of security features may not be published.

Clearly visible in the 2013 image are 21 houses built for Zuma's security detail, which are located between the new twin helipads and recreation area.

Taxpayers have funded an athletics track, basketball court and artificial turf football pitch.

From the far west corner of the sports field, to the bottom east end of Nkandla’s farm land, it’s about a kilometre wide, more than double the size in 2006.
 
TechCentral’s Duncan Mcleod said, “The images are taken at a high altitude using a special plane that specialises in taking digital aerial photography. So it’s not a satellite image, but rather a high-altitude aerial photograph.”
 
Mcleod says the image is likely to be added to Google maps next year.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is expected to release the Nkandla report early next year.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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