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KwaZulu-Natal Business 2017-18 edition

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KwaZulu-Natal Business 2017/18 is the ninth edition of this highly successful publication that has, since its launch in 2008, established itself as the premier business and investment guide to the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The 2017/18 edition includes special features on the Richards Bay area and its increasingly important Industrial Development Zone, the investment appeal of Durban and the growing maritime economy. Up-to-date overviews on the province’s economic sectors provide unique insights. Global Africa Network Media (www.gan.co.za), the publisher of KwaZulu-Natal Business, specialises in business-to-business print and electronic publications, producing a series of region-specific, annual print journals. Every province in South Africa is covered by this unique range of journals and websites, complemented by a national business guidebook, South African Business.

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SPECIAL FEATURE of megawatt hours have been allocated to dozens of projects (some of which are already connected to the grid) but these have mostly been solar projects in the Northern Cape and wind farms in the Eastern Cape. KwaZulu-Natal is anxious to get with the programme and is targeting the forestry sector (waste and pulp) and sugar sector (cane and beet) to provide feedstock for biomass energy generation. One project that is part of the national programme is under way using these materials, but many more are planned. The forestry and sugar sectors in the province actually generate enough of their own power that they could be selling power to the grid, but the framework does not yet exist for that to happen. The creation of that legislation or regulation must be a priority. Although the forestry and paper sector and the sugar sector are grounded in the agricultural sector, the leading companies’ processing plants and downstream beneficiation also make them major components of the manufacturing sector and big contributors to the province’s export basket. Geography The mixed topography of the province allows for varied agriculture, animal husbandry and horticulture. The lowland area along the Indian Ocean coastline is made up of subtropical thickets and Afromontane Forest. High humidity is experienced, especially in the far north and this is a summer rainfall area. The centrally located Midlands is on a grassland plateau among rolling hills. Temperatures generally get colder in the far west and northern reaches of the province. The mountainous area in the west – the Drakensberg – comprises solid walls of basalt and is the source of the region’s many strongly running rivers. Regular and heavy winter snowfalls support tourist enterprises. The Lubombo mountains in the north are granite formations that run in parallel. Regions KwaZulu-Natal has 10 district municipalities, the most of any province in South Africa. In economic terms, the province offers diverse opportunities. Southern region This area is the province’s most populous. The city of Durban has experienced booms in sectors such as automotive, ICT, film and call centres. Major investments are taking place at the Port of Durban and there is a possibility that the old airport south of the city becomes another port, if the money can be found to dig it up and let the sea in. Durban’s conference facilities are well utilised but many opportunities still exist in chemicals and industrial chemicals, food and KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2017/18 16

everages, infrastructure development and tourism. Further south, plans are in place to upgrade Margate’s airport and Port Shepstone’s beachfront. Western region Also known as the Midlands, this is a fertile agricultural region, producing sugar cane, fruit, animal products, forestry and dairy products. Pietermaritzburg is the provincial capital and home to a major aluminium producer along with several manufacturing concerns, including textiles, furniture, leather goods and food. The city has good transport links along the N3 national highway, excellent schools and a lively arts scene. The Midlands Meander is a popular tourist destination. Standerton N5 Vrede Harrismith Volksrust Newcastle Glencoe N11 Paulpietersburg Utrecht Dundee Vryheid uLundi Pongola Nongoma Hlabisa Mtubatuba SPECIAL FEATURE Eastern region Although most of this area is very rural, Richards Bay is one of the country’s industrial hotspots because of its coal terminal and port and aluminium smelters. The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) is a major economic node in itself: the 62-hectare first phase is almost fully subscribed with the investment value of the two phases (some having already been secured for phase two) at R6.8- billion. Mining is an important sector in this region. The other major urban centre is Empangeni which has several educational institutions. King Shaka International Airport and associated Dube TradePort is kick-starting massive new investment in the area. The Ilembe District Municipality is particularly active in seeking out new investors. Mkuze Hluhluwe Ladysmith R74 Melmoth Bergville N3 Colenso eMpangeni R74 Winterton Kranskop Richards Bay Estcourt Greytown Gingindlovu Mooi River R33 Stanger Darnall Howick N2 Tongaat Ballito PIETERMARITZBURG N3 uMhlanga Underberg Pinetown LESOTHO Free State DRAKENSBERG Kokstad N2 N17 Bethal Eastern Cape Ermelo Mpumalanga iXopo N17 KWAZULU-NATAL PROVINCE N3 N11 R56 Piet Retief R34 R33 uMzinto R33 R68 N2 Harding Hibberdene uMtentweni Port Shepstone Margate Southbroom Port Edward N2 R34 DURBAN aManzimtoti uMkomaas SWAZILAND R69 R65 R66 INDIAN OCEAN N2 Motorway Main Road Railway MOZAMBIQUE St Lucia N Northern region The economic powerhouse is Newcastle in the north-west: coal-mining, steel processing and manufacturing are major activities. Some old coal mines are being reopened by new coal companies to cater for the country’s power stations’ demand for the fuel. Game farms, trout fishing and hiking are part of an attractive package for tourists, and Zululand is a popular destination for cultural experiences. The whole region is rich in Anglo- Boer War history. 17 KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2017/18

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