Kilamba (Nova Cidade de Kilamba), Angola, Africa
Year2008latitude: -9° 0'
longitude: 13° 16'
Initiator(s)President Dos Santos, Ministério do Urbanismo e Habitação de Angola
Planning organizationChina International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC)
Nationality initiator(s)Chinese
Designer(s) / Architect(s)China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC)
Design organization
Inhabitants80,000 (2015)
Target population500,000
Town website
Town related links lamba-kiaxi-luanda/ 631

type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy

Kilamba's apartment blocks are built for a middle class which in Angola does not yet exist and are therefore largely empty
source: /world-africa-18646243

Article in the Volkskrant about the New Towns in Angola.

Article in the Volkskrant about the New Towns in Angola.

Perched in an isolated spot some 30km (18 miles) outside Angola's capital, Luanda, Nova Cidade de Kilamba is a brand-new mixed residential development of 750 eight-storey apartment buildings, a dozen schools and more than 100 retail units.

Designed to house up to half a million people when complete, Kilamba has been built by the state-owned China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC) in under three years at a reported cost of $3.5bn (£2.2bn).

Spanning 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres), the development is the largest of several new "satellite cities" being constructed by Chinese firms around Angola, and it is believed to be one of the largest new-build projects on the continent.

The jewel in Angola's post-war reconstruction crown, Kilamba is the star of glossy government promotional videos which show smiling families enjoying a new style of living away from the dust and confusion of central Luanda where millions live in sprawling slums.
But the people in these films are only actors, and despite all the hype, nearly a year since the first batch of 2,800 apartments went on sale, only 220 have been sold.
Apartments at Kilamba are being advertised online costing between $120,000 and $200,000 - well out of reach of the estimated two-thirds of Angolans who live on less than $2 a day.

Kilamba was financed by a Chinese credit line - which Angola is repaying with oil - so it has technically been paid for. But if the houses go unsold, then the Angolan government will be left with stock on their hands and a potentially wasted investment.


2008 - 2023 disclaimer