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.

Why Invest in KZN South Coast

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Situated on South Africa’s lush and temperate KwaZulu-Natal coastline, just more than an hour’s proximity from Durban, Africa’s busiest harbor, and South Africa’s newest Airport, King Shaka International, making travel, import and exportation more convenient, the Ugu District Municipality (Ugu DM) is a prime investment destination for domestic and international visitors.

The Ugu DM is bordered on the north by eThekwini Municipality, home to the city of Durban, which is the province’s biggest city and commercial capital.

To the northwest is Umgungundlovu District Municipality, where we find the provincial capital city, Pietermaritzburg. Sisonke District Municipality is located to the west of the Ugu DM, the Eastern Cape Province to the south and the Indian Ocean borders the Ugu DM on the eastern coastline.

The modern N2 highway, the national route, runs through the Ugu DM parallel to the sea, and serves as both a link and gateway to the neighbouring Eastern Cape and also further afield to Johannesburg and the port of Richards Bay.

The district boasts a coastline of 112 kilometres and includes the well-established coastal towns of Port Shepstone, Hibberdene, Margate, Port Edward and Scottburgh. Port Shepstone is the capital city and the economic capital of the district.

The Ugu DM is supported by KwaZulu-Natal’s modern and well-developed transport infrastructure. The roads are world-class and the region’s air, rail and port networks provide a seamless stopover for freight, shipping and travel to and from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and both coasts of Africa.
It possesses the ready availability of world-class banking facilities and efficient telecommunication networks. Education and healthcare facilities feature significantly in the Ugu DM, with educational options right up to tertiary level available at both public and private institutions, and first-rate healthcare is available again with public and private options.

Electricity is available throughout the district via the national grid and the dependable level of rainfall ensures there is an abundance of water. The Ugu DM is in close proximity to markets in Durban, as well as neighbouring districts in the Eastern Cape.

The Ugu DM boasts some of the best examples of unspoiled sub-tropical bushland and forest in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as cultivated land and small rural villages, complemented by thriving urban centres and major industrial centres.

Economically, the Ugu DM is known for its extensive coastal sugar plantations and associated processing plants, and commercial, industrial and office developments located predominantly in coastal towns.

Among its many and varied attractions for the visiting tourist, the Ugu DM prides itself on having the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in South Africa, 11 superlative golf courses, which make it South Africa’s ‘Golf Coast’, and the world famous Oribi Gorge.

Ugu GVA by Industry (Percentage composition, 2011)

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Key Advantages

  1. Politically stable region.
  2. Political and administrative will to craft a customised set of incentives and
  3. programmes for individual investment projects.
  4. Quick turnaround time on the approval of development plans.
  5. Availability of bulk infrastructure and multi-skilled labour within the economic nodes.
  6. Competitive wage and salary rates.
  7. An effective road and rail network to major markets, with easy access to the Durban Harbour for the import and export of goods.
  8. Gateway to the Eastern Cape.
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KZN South Coast Map

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KZN South Coast Weather


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