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Survey of new South Sudan capital Ramciel to complete in six months


April 5, 2012 (JUBA) – The survey for the proposed new capital of South Sudan, Ramciel, is expected to be completed within the next six months, reports the official in charge of the project.

South Sudan last year resolved to relocate the nation’s capital from Juba in Central Equatoria State, to Ramciel in Lakes State, which lies in the center of the country, 180km north of Juba. As a result, the government also resolved to suspend any construction on new public buildings for the national government in Juba.

Juba was disqualified for a number of reasons including administrative stalemate over which level of government - federal, state, county and local - its jurisdiction should fall under.

After the decision was made to relocate to Ramciel, the minister of Housing and Physical Planning, Jemma Nunu Kumba, was directed by the cabinet to work out plans for the relocation to the new capital.

A South Korean company, (South Korean Land and Housing Corporation), won the contract out of 66 international companies that competed in the bidding exercise to carry out the feasibility study of the proposed area.

In a meeting on Wednesday chaired by the country’s Vice President, Riek Machar, the minister and the company presented the work done including the aerial imagery survey of the Ramciel to a ministerial body.

The company reported that the next phase will be to carry out the ground survey including mapping, feasibility studies, environmental and social impact assessment, city structure framework and demarcation of zones which should be completed by October this year.

These will also include calculation of land demand by land users and development phases, determination of the size of the new capital as well as determination of the boundary of the capital, among others.

The studies also include site and seismic analysis as well as soil investigation in determining the suitability of the site.

In seismic analysis, the findings suggested that Ramciel is free from earthquakes despite the fact that some of its neighbouring states are prone to earthquakes, according to the records of American geological data on South Sudan.

There have been 67 earthquakes measured over 4.0 magnitude in South Sudan over the last 40 years from 1973-2012, according to the data. Among them, 17 were over a magnitude of 5.0 which can cause severe damage to buildings and structures.

These earthquakes occurred only in the three states; Jonglei 3 time, 4%; Eastern Equatoria, 22 times, 33%; and Central Equatoria 42 times, 63%. The highest magnitude of earthquake occurred in Central Equatoria state in 1990 with magnitude of about 7.0, and was felt as far as Upper Nile state.

The proposed radius of the national territory of Ramciel will be 50km from the center in all directions. It will also include some part of Tali in Central Equatoria state where a new international airport is planned.

The meeting urged the company to accelerate surveying and planning of the area so that the construction of the new capital could commence.

The Minister of Roads and Bridges, Gier Chuang Aluong, was also directed to speed up the construction of trunk roads connecting Ramciel with the other neighbouring states.


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  • 5 April 2012 07:23, by SeekingTruth

    Isn’t this a naivete? How many projects is Juba assuming to be completed in 6 when they couldn’t do it in 6 years? Would it not be in citizens interest to finish the Lamu project first so the oil will start flowing as soon as possible?

    So in love with bigger ideas with very little action( Mayardit’s gov’t)!

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    • 5 April 2012 07:35, by Madina Tonj

      Seeking Truth

      I think you jump up to slam Manyardit before reading the title of Article. I hope maybe you need to change your nick name and say, not seeking for the truth post Article.

      Please go back and read again, it said Ramciel’s survey as South Sudan new capital to complete in six months. First you must understand what the survey mean before thinking about building the capital city

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      • 5 April 2012 07:42, by SeekingTruth

        @Tonj, I don’t know who is a better reader between the two of us? Yes, I read the entire article and it sure did say "survey to complete in 6 months for the construction to commence", unless u didn’t understand the word commence which is the same meaning as ’begin’. I hope you go back and read again too !

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        • 5 April 2012 08:13, by Madina Tonj

          Seeking Truth

          I do not have to go back and read again, because I am fully understand the committee were talking about how capital city will be uniquely designate before the South Korea acompany begin to constructed it but thank anyway for your realization that, there is a plan A. and B

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        • 5 April 2012 13:39, by Force 1

          South Koreans are the best; you can tell by the way they built their own cities.

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        • 6 April 2012 11:25, by Loko El Pollo


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    • 5 April 2012 08:06, by viper

      Seeking truth, there is no problem in having two projects at the same time. Lamu project may have its funds as well as Ramciel and both can be carried out simultaneously since they are all important. You know I personally prefer Ramciel project to be prioritized couz iam tired of the so called Bari community with their hatred towards other communities in the national capital. Lets move to our tr

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    • 5 April 2012 12:41, by daniell

      The beholder of Juba in a legal sense is something to be assessed.Ramciel administration will be partly of today therefore it important for spla to review constitution that required Juba to be move.Under what reasons Juba moved to Ramciel apart from citizens’’ complaint? Hopfully the government can lay down law which will stop careless attitude which divided land according to ethnic.

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      • 5 April 2012 13:48, by Force 1

        Daniell, you can’t take it both ways that you don’t want other people and the government to own and build freely and at the same time don’t want the city to be taken somewhere else!
        Too bad, you missed the golden opportunity, it only knocked once.

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  • 5 April 2012 07:24, by Madina Tonj

    I know the Central Equatoria is on the fire of Earthquake and also Wau of Western Bahr al Ghazal State. The relocation of Capital city was a good Idea because if Earthquake happen then, it will cause damage to tall building which will be builts later on in the future to come.

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  • 5 April 2012 07:52, by viper

    I, personally would like the capital to be moved within six month, not the finishing of survey so that our pple go any stay in Ramciel as true owners of the national capital, not as intruders as the rest of the pple are being considered in Juba here as intruders by Bari community. This project needs to be given to the hardworking person, not talkative person, couz action will speak louder

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  • 5 April 2012 08:32, by Eastern

    Go to Ramciel. Go even tomorrow. We are tired of lazy, arrogant and people without manners. We love Juba. We shall remain in Juba which shall remain the commercial capital due to its strategic location.

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    • 5 April 2012 10:31, by Martin Kat

      Dear Easter,moving of non CES people from Juba to Raciel will not be your benefit may will affect your business activities here in Juba. Now your business people including harlots (postitutes) women are now making alot of money because of huge number of lazy people without manners. I think your mothers, wives and sisters will go back for their former work of threshing food of traders in a markets.

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    • 5 April 2012 10:59, by viper

      Eastern who told you that Juba shall remain the commercial city? You dream will not come true man. You will just remain here eating monkey only couz the highway that is on its implementation process and Tali Airport will divert everything from you the food lovers plus the idea that all inves

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      • 6 April 2012 04:20, by equtoria helped

        viper even now there are many investments in juba juba is a commercial hub in south sudan no doubt juba is the only sub-developed city right now in south sudan in 10 years time juba will be a great citites well all foreigners can live and ramecial can be a city of ignorant dinka’s who think there the best and they are the only one’s who won the city besides, ramical will take atleast 20 years

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    • 5 April 2012 13:35, by Force 1

      Eastern, which government is going to make Juba a commercial city? Is it the government and people you’re kicking out or the other government that will magically appears in Juba! Well good luck with that!

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  • 5 April 2012 08:48, by Don P

    @Seeking the truth
    i agree with you we have to deal with the Lamu project first. Ramciel being the capital city is an excelent choice,however this is not the time to think about Ramciel.

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  • 5 April 2012 11:42, by Lang

    build a damn road system before building a city.

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  • 5 April 2012 16:09, by Son of Upper Nile

    Most of commentators run to comment without reading properly or having the necessary background. Governments work on different projects in parallel because government is made of institution. Fro example Lamu project will be main job of Petroleum Ministry aided by relevant institutions while Ramciel will be main job of Housing & Physical Planning aided by others also

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  • 5 April 2012 16:18, by Son of Upper Nile

    Technically speaking, making Juba as a modern capital is more costly than building Ramciel. You know demolition is costly monetary, socially & psychologically "Komiru incident". After planning & feasibility study. Government will only build roads & government buildings, provide water & electricity. Telecommunication will be provided by investors, same as hotels, low-cost housing, flats & villas

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  • 5 April 2012 16:26, by Son of Upper Nile

    Telecomunication (Zain, Vivacell, MTN) companies, UN agencies, INGOs, Petroleum companies (Greater Nile, Petrodar, Petronas, Total) offices will be built by these institutions. Commercial, business centers & malls will be built by local & foreign investors. This will not cost us much but will make our country proud. Ramciel is close to all states so there will not be migration to it like Juba

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    • 5 April 2012 16:33, by Son of Upper Nile

      Dr. Garang was a visionary leader that is why he chose Ramciel as strategic capital because of his long term vision. Majority of SPLM leaders who are lazy, corrupt & don’t live to the challenge thought inheriting 1972 buildings & renovating them will be enough to make a capital, but thank God, Bari gave them hard time. I laugh when I see them drinking in Juba makeshifts thinking these are hotels

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  • 5 April 2012 17:46, by panom lualbil

    While there is no income [oil] when we can still affort building of capital, [RAMCIEL] means our government is better for investment then.

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  • 5 April 2012 22:38, by E. Defense Forces
    • 6 April 2012 04:53, by daniell

      Spla has the power to stay in Juba.a party without a robust foundation is likely to cause chaos and explain it away that citizens are not following rules. We are the citizens of the city as well asthe state and Burma; therefore no state has power over spla.City should be moved to Ramciel as a way of development not the other way.

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  • 6 April 2012 04:23, by equtoria helped

    i have a message to all those wishing juba misfortune: even if all you dinka leave juba it will not make a diffrence because it has been foreigners form countries like uganda. kenya, and even some countries from asia i do not hate dinka only the stupid ignorant dinka’s who think they can just go around mistreating people and insulting them without any consequence.

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  • 6 April 2012 04:27, by equtoria helped

    finally i say this: ramical is a great development for our country and we need not to worry were are capital is we need only to worry that othere cities get developed too for the capital is only a place for the head of office in south sudan do not only worry about the capital but THE WHOLE COUNTRY what is a country when only the capital is developed? come on south sudan don’t be like sudan.

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  • 6 April 2012 04:32, by equtoria helped

    p.s look at the town yei it is one of the most developed towns in south sudan and a commercial hub because of FOREIGN INVESTMENTS even look at new york in america compared to washigton d.c. the capital city in america new york is the comercial hub but it is not the capital. in most counties the commercial hub is NOT the capital city

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    • 6 April 2012 05:56, by Loko El Pollo


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  • 6 April 2012 04:36, by equtoria helped

    so to all those fools out there who think that when ramical is build juba will be nothing no that’s not true, even look at nigeria they did the same thing lagos was the capital city but they moved to abuja lagos STILL remained the commercial hub so it doesn’t matter if it’s the capital city OR NOT it depends on the ammount of INVESTMENTS you have and right now juba has much more than ramical but..

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  • 6 April 2012 04:37, by equtoria helped

    that could change soon, so i hope all you uneducated ignorant fool’s out there learned a lesson today.

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    • 6 April 2012 20:44, by Son of Upper Nile

      No one wishing Juba misfortune, Nilotics look at the whole country. that is why oil money from Upper Nile & Unity are put to develop Juba 1st as the national capital, if we are too regional like you Malakal roads which are tarmacked by State gov. could have been done from national income since income comes from there, same like Bentiu. GOSS developed Juba while CES failed to renovate C. Wani offic

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