The KwaZulu-Natal Province can be seen as the eastern trade gateway of Southern Africa, with Durban being the busiest container port in Africa and Richards Bay housing the biggest bulk cargo port in Africa.
Between these two seaports, the Dube Tradeport, adjacent to King Shaka International Airport, now operates as an air logistics platform allowing Durban to access even more global trade opportunities. These two ports have attracted enormous capital investments and the related infrastructure thus far.
The significant development that is underway on the North coast of KZN is the focus of what has been defined as the KZN Northern Growth Corridor (“KNGC”).
The KNGC area is the coastal zone stretching up the N2 from Durban in the South through Richards Bay and up to the Mozambique border. It covers the district municipalities of eThekwini (Durban), iLembe (Ballito and Stanger), uThungulu (Richards Bay) and uMkhanyakude (Mkuze).
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KNGC areas of interest
A multi-billion rand project, Cornubia, is expected to alter the skyline of Umhlanga in the future. Cornubia will be the home of the next major industrial area, some 15kms south of the new King Shaka International airport.
The development is proposed to provide some 24 000 homes of which 15 000 are proposed for subsidised housing (by the Municipality in partnership with the Province) and the balance for a wide range of affordability levels.
The planning of Cornubia is based upon the principles of sustainable development, a wide range and integration of income levels, employment and economic opportunities, provision for schools, clinics and other social facilities.
The development is strategically located between the historically created and disadvantaged areas of Phoenix, Ottawa and Waterloo and newer areas of Mt Edgecombe and Umhlanga and has been planned to integrate these very different and disparate communities in a manner which adds value and enhances linkages and opportunities to all.
Dube TradePort, located 30 km north of Durban, is a catalyst for global trade and a portal between KwaZulu-Natal and the world. It is the only facility in Africa that brings together an international airport, a state-of-the-art cargo terminal; and an agrizone, a 20-hectare development for flower and vegetable production. Located 30 km north of Durban, Dube TradePort is positioned between the two biggest sea ports in Southern Africa, and linked to the rest of Africa by road and rail.
iLembe District Municipality situated about 65km north of Durban is endowed with a wealth of rich, fertile soil and has comparatively good rainfall – more than 1 000mm a year – making agriculture and hence iLembe central to the KZN economy.
iLembe is recognized for its sugar-cane plantations and subtropical fruit along the coastal belt. The farmers in the hinterland concentrate on vegetable, dairy and stock-farming while the areas of Vryheid and Eshowe are known for forestry and furniture manufacturing.
Richards Bay is considered the centre of operations for South Africa's aluminium industry. Richards Bay Minerals is the largest sand-mining and mineral-processing operation in the world while The Richards Bay Coal Terminal is instrumental in securing the country's position as the second-largest exporter of steam coal in the world. Richards Bay also has a designated Industrial Development Zone focused on economic development in the export market.