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PROFILE

Msunduzi Municipality: City of Pietermaritzburg Msunduzi Municipality incorporates Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Geography and location Msunduszi Municipality is situated strategically on the N3 highway, 80km inland from Durban – the biggest port in Africa. The N3 corridor is the busiest development corridor in South Africa, linking Durban through Pietermaritzburg to Johannesburg and the rest of Africa. The Municipality is also the economic hub for the central part of the Province.

Main industries/business sectors Msunduzi has a diverse economy with a robust manufacturing sector including an aluminium rolling mill and downstream aluminium products, automotive components, leather-ware and shoes, carpets, furniture, forestry and timber, as well as one of the largest fresh produce markets in the country and a thriving agricultural sector. Emerging sectors include business process outsourcing, the private health care sector with two new hospitals under construction, food processing and the creative arts sectors. As the main commercial hub for the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands it serves a population base of approximately one-million in the city and surrounding smaller towns. It has the benefit of being the seat of the Provincial Parliament and the Provincial High Court, which facilitates easy access to all government departments.

It is renowned for its excellent schools and health facilities, and has campuses for two universities plus several colleges, ensuring the availability of a highly skilled workforce. It has excellent road networks and an airport with five flights daily to Johannesburg plus one to Cape Town. Having numerous restaurants, museums, shopping centres and social amenities, it also hosts major events such as the Comrades Marathon, Dusi Canoe Marathon, Edendale and Mandela Marathons, the Midmar Mile swim, the Royal Agricultural Show, and it is also known as the Bike City of Africa, hosting international BMX and mountain-biking championships.

Main resources/attractions

The Municipality aims to promote investment that will take advantage of its strategic location on the N3 development corridor and close to the proposed freight dry port halfway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in Cato Ridge. Its key sector plans are around aluminium beneficiation, the implementation

Key development objectives and strategies

Enjoying a warm, subtropical climate, Pietermaritzburg is a green and attractive city with numerous parks, pleasant residential suburbs and is within easy reach of both beaches and the Drakensberg mountains. KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2017/18

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