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Positive outlook for KwaZulu-Natal's South Coast

  • 25 Nov 2015

It was back in 2012, when concerns over rising unemployment prompted Hibiscus Coast mayor Cynthia Mqwebu to state that a new growth strategy for the area was needed.

Tourism is the mainstay industry of KZN's South Coast and it has not been able to attract anywhere near the volume of infrastructure and private sector investment that the north of Durban has, which benefited immensely from the proximity of King Shaka Airport and the migration of business to the north coast areas.

At the time Ms Mqwebu said that the massive infrastructure plans of the national government would mean improved transport linkages with the Eastern Cape and that this would add value to the municipality's economic outlook.

It is now three years down the line and there is every indication that things are finally starting to look up.

Prominent Association Member and town planner Thys Blom informs us that there are now some major projects in the planning and design phase, which should make a substantial impact on the local economy going forward, they include:

  • N2 toll road to East London.
  • Amazon Alley Water Park to the value of R120 million north of Pennington.
  • Music City in Hibberdene.
  • Renishaw, Ellingham and Finningley mixed use developments around Scottburgh, totalling in excess of 10000 new residential units, also including education, industrial, commercial and private hospital uses.
  • Rural Housing projects near Hibberdene, Port Shepstone, Izingolweni and Pennington.
  • Affordable Housing projects in South Port, Izotsha and Murchison. , November 2015