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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

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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

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