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.

Mining

Although only a small contributor to the overall district economy, the mining and quarrying sector is fairly well established within Ugu, with a few large limestone and cement manufacturing companies located in the region. Alpha Carbonates is a limestone producer located in the Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality which supplies the fertilizer, animal fodder, paint, paper and plastic industries.

Simuma Cements, located in the Ezinqoleni Local Municipality, largely supplies the construction sector34. NPC has two quarries in the region, based in Margate and Marburg respectively, although the Marburg operation is currently not in operation. The contribution to economic activity of the mining industry has however declined at an average annual rate of 7% since 2000, which indicates that there are some major challenges facing these key role players. During the Ugu GDS process, it was identified that illegal small-scale mining and quarry (including sand-mining and water extraction) is happening extensively around the district, particularly in rural areas. These illegal operators are undercutting formal suppliers in the market.

In terms of opportunities, the formal expansion of small to medium-scale building material mining is possible within the district, and potential exists to develop stone-crushing plants and lime and cement mining activities.

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