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 Western region Also known as the Midlands, this is a fertile agricultural Zone (RBIDZ) is a major economic node in itself: region, producing sugar cane, fruit, animal products, the 62-hectare first phase is almost fully subscribed forestry and dairy products. Pietermaritzburg is the with the investment value of the two phases (some provincial capital and home to a major aluminium having already been secured for phase two) at R6.8producer along with several manufacturing con- billion. Mining is an important sector in this region. cerns, including textiles, furniture, leather goods The other major urban centre is Empangeni which and food. The city has good transport links along has several educational institutions. King Shaka the N3 national highway, excellent schools and a International Airport and associated Dube TradePort lively arts scene. The Midlands Meander is a popular is kick-starting massive new investment in the area. tourist destination. The Ilembe District Municipality is particularly active in seeking out new investors. Bethal beverages, infrastructure development and tourism. Further south, plans are in place to upgrade Margate’s airport and Port Shepstone’s beachfront.
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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 AngloBoer War history.
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KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2017/18
Published on May 3, 2013
KwaZulu-Natal Business 2016/17 is the eighth edition of this highly successful publication that has since its launch in 2007 established its...