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.

Tourism

Tourism is a hugely important sector within the district, particularly within the context of investment promotion and facilitation, with massive potential to stimulate economic activity and employment. Tourism, like such of the other formal commercial activity, is primarily located along the coastal strip, and is relatively limited to beach-related tourism products. The district enjoys some of the following attributes31:

  1. Blue Flag beaches (including beach festivals with music and various sporting activities);
  2. The Sardine Run;
  3. Oribi Gorge;
  4. Mpenjati, Umtamvuna and Mbumbazi EKZNW Reserves;
  5. Deep Sea and Rock Fishing and other water-related activities (diving, kayaking);
  6. Fishing (Protea Banks at Shelley Beach is regarded as a Fishing “Mecca”);
  7. A range of accommodation facilities;
  8. Sports and adventure tourism, including golf, mountain biking, abseiling, swing jump, 4×4 trails, etc; and
  9. Golf courses.

The current market focus within Ugu is the domestic tourism market. The graph below displays the contribution of the South Coast to all domestic tourists, with Ugu attracting just below 10% of all domestic tourists within KZN in 2009.

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The image below displays the distribution of international visitors (all overseas and African air departures), with the South Coast attracting 8.1% of all international air-related tourists.
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It was indicated within the PSEDS District Profile that an assessment of the tourism industry undertaken in 2010, suggesting that in order to attract foreign tourists, the level of infrastructure and facilities demanded by tourists must be considered at potential sections of the coast. It also indicated that coastal tourism infrastructure is generally out of date and requires upgrading.32 As identified during the GDS process, a major challenge is the seasonality of the industry.

It was noted that in the past, the district was assured of three main tourism seasons – the April, July and December school holidays. However, currently, the tourism season has shrunk to the December vacation, which is too short to sustain the broader district economy. This has resulted in tourism accommodation and products being underutilised and out-of-season and related industries, such as retail, experiencing seasonal fluctuations in 32 Extracted from the PSEDS: Ugu District Profile. StratPlan (2010).

However, numerous opportunities still exist within the tourism sector, particularly with regards to the development of new tourism products to promote development of the sector within the rural hinterland regions. The seasonality of the industry remains a challenge, however development and marketing of new tourism products can assist in reducing the seasonality of the industry.

Again however, large investment is required into supporting infrastructure to ensure that new tourism products are easily accessible. A key investment opportunity within the region as identified in the GDS is the development of a ‘Big 5 Game Reserve’, which has been identified as a key project in unlocking growth of the tourism sector away from the coast, particularly rural communities within this region.

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