Ramciel - the newly Proposed Location of New Capital [©skyscrapercity.com]
Information by Gurtong Trust
GURTONG - Ramciel is a Dinka word. In fact it is two words coined together: Ram and Ciel. Ram means meet. Ciel means middle. Put together, it means a central meeting place. So, what is central about Ramciel in reference to the Republic of South Sudan?
Simple observation will show that it is somewhat located in the centre of South Sudan, compared to Juba. Although it initially appears to be entirely in Lakes State, which is part of Greater Bahr el Ghazal, future expansion could extend to Central Equatoria and across the River White Nile to Eastern Equatoria State, both located in Greater Equatoria. Same expansion can include land in Jonglei State, which is part of Greater Upper Nile.
During the colonial era, Southern Sudan was divided into three provinces namely Bahr el Ghazal (Capital Wau), Equatoria (Capital Juba) and Upper Nile (Capital Malakal).
A master plan of the proposed new capital of the Republic of South Sudan
Currently, South Sudan is divided into ten states, with 4 states in Greater Bahr el Ghazal: Lakes State (Capital Rumbek), Western Bahr el Ghazal State(Capital Wau), Northern Bahr el Gazal State (Capital Aweil) and Warrap State (Capital Kuacjok). There are 3 states in Greater Equatoria namely Central Equatoria State (Capital Juba), Eastern Equatoria State (Capital Torit) and Western Equatoria State (Capital Yambio). There are 3 states in Greater Upper Nile namely Jonglei State (Capital Bor), Upper Nile State (Capital Malakal) and Western Upper Nile aka Unity State (Capital Bentiu).
Each state has a parliament and a government with her own ministries headed by a Governor.
Ramciel is about 125 miles north of Juba and, like Juba, on the West side of the White Nile. It will take under two hours on a tarmacked road to Juba – no tarmacked road between the two at the moment. Under ideal conditions, it probably will take about 30 minutes to Rumbek and up to three hours to Wau under the same conditions. Connecting Ramciel to Malakal and to Eastern Equatoria (Torit) will require a bridge over the White Nile. On a tarmac road, it will likely take at least three hours to Torit and up to six hours to Malakal through Bor. Reaching Aweil and Kuacjok will be initially through Wau; from there it will be under an hour to both Aweil and Kuacjok under the same road (tarmacked) conditions. Reaching Bentiu, will mean either proceeding north-east from Kuacjok or proceeding north-west from Malakal.
Note that the largest grass swamp in the world, the Sudd – now a world’s heritage- lies in the middle of Geater Bahr el Gazal and Greater Upper Nile, thus making direct road communications between towns located at the opposite four corners of the Sudd practically impossible; thus the need to go around the swamp, which currently makes both Malakal and Bentiu inaccessible by road from the south and west in the wet season from June to November. Ramciel and Rumbek are located at the South end of the Sudd. Bentiu and Malakal are North of the Swamp. Wau, Aweil and Kuacjok are west of the Sudd while Bor is located south-east of the Swamp.
In dry season, the Sudd contracts and wildlife from both east and west migrate towrads the Sudd and the White Nile. In the wet season, the Sudd expands and the wildlife moves into higher grounds further east and further west of the White Nile and the Sudd. Ramciel will be almost at the eastern end of the National Game Park west of White Nile.