Ugu South Coast Development Agency Ugu South Coast Development Agency
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Manufacturing
Park Rynie lndustrial Development.
Clothing and textiles.
Furniture manufacturing and incubation.
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Craft commercialisation.
Timber processing.
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Tourism
Investigate a Special Economic Zone (EPZ),
specifically a Tourism Development Zone (TDZ).
Development of adventure tourism cluster at Oribi Gorge.
Development of a conference/convention centre.
Hotels and beachfront leisure facilities.
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Development of tourist packages for
domestic markets.
African and Asian cuisine outlets.
Horse Shoe Farm Agri-tourism.
Nature/game reserve.
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Mining
Small-scale quarrying.
Formalisation of sand-winning.
Small-scale building material mining.
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Green Economy
Bio fuels production (such as the Hans Merensky project).
Biomass production.
Green buildings, materials and construction products.
Hydropower.
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Solar energy.
Waste and wastewater management.
Water and water technologies.
Wind energy.
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Agriculture
Agri-processing linked to Dube Tradeport.
Timber beneficiation.
Transition from subsistence to commercial farming
(incl Mariculture).
Expansion of macadamia, sugarcane, timber, bananas,
and vegetable production.
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Compartmentalised cold storages.
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Food processing industry opportunities (incl.
fruits and vegetable processing and
canning industry).
Greenhouse farming of cut flowers.
Seed production and processing.
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Infrastructure Development
Port Shepstone and Scottburgh beachfront re-development.
Ugu Sports Leisure Centre.
Small craft harbour.
Margate Airport upgrade.
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Upgrade beach facilities and tidal pools.
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Margate Olympic swimming pool.
Development of a Technology Hub.

Agriculture

Within the district there are two distant forms of agriculture: a well-developed commercial farming industry and subsistence farming in traditional authority land. According to the IDP, commercial agricultural is generally confined to the coastal strip and also along two corridors stretching inland to Ixopo and Kokstad respectively.

The major commercial agricultural commodities produced in the district are sugar cane, bananas and macadamias, as well as (although to a lesser extent) timber, coffee, cut flowers, livestock, poultry, game farming, mangoes, and other fruit and vegetables. With regards to subsistence farming, commodities are limited to livestock, dry-land cropping an subsistence gardening.

The agricultural sector within the Province has remained a small contribution to the total economy, contributing just over 4% to total GVA in 2011. Over the past decade, the performance of this sector has been declining across the province, with the number of commercial farms declining from 4038 to 357427 between 2002 and 2007, and a 56% drop in employment between 2000 and 2011.

The agricultural sector within Ugu has remained in line with this provincial trend, with a decline in an average annual GVA growth of 3.2% between 2001 and 2011. During this same period, approximately 24,000 jobs were shed in the agricultural sector. Although the sector is currently under constraint, given the large rural contribution (around 40% of total population), agricultural is a crucial component of the district economy. In order to understand the interventions that are required to stimulate the sector, it is important to gauge the key constraints.

There are numerous opportunities that do however exist given that there are large tracts of arable land within the district, particularly within ITB areas. However, in order to unlock these and other commercial opportunities, massive infrastructure and social investment is required. In particular, opportunities exist for expansion in industries such as poultry, tunnel farming, sugar, macadamia, essential oils and bananas.

In particular, more attention must been given to the development of small scale cane and timber growers in traditional settlement areas. In addition, there is massive potential for co-generation within the sugar industry. Within the forestry sector, opportunities for new entrants include tree-felling, harvesting and planting, and production of related products such as honey, bark and coal. Renewable energy and bio-mass production through waste material is a major opportunity for the forestry industry in general.

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