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SPECIAL FEATURE forestry and tourism. The main towns are Kokstad and Ixopo. The Drakensberg Mountains define the district’s western boundary. The Harry Gwala Development Agency facilitates investment. Possible investment: the HGDA believes that niche sectors such as avi-tourism (birding), rail tourism and mission tourism hold great potential. Ten percent of the milk produced in South Africa comes from this area, and volumes are set to grow.

KING CETSHWAYO Industrial park: Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) is located within the district municipality and is a major economic node in itself because of its huge coal export terminal, deepsea port and aluminium smelters. Mining is an important sector in this region. The other major urban centre is Empangeni which has several educational institutions, including the University of Zululand. Possible investments: key sectors include agri-processing, ICT and telecommunications, manufacturing (proximity to aluminium works opens possibility for the manufacture of discs, pistons and beverage cans), logistics and renewable energy. The RBIDZ offers very attractive local and national incentives and support for investors.

Shepstone and Margate, which has an airport. The Ugu South Coast Development Agency is dedicated to supporting inward investment. Bananas are the main product of a thriving agriculture sector. One banana farm has successfully been converted into a speciality coffee producer. Beaver Creak makes about seven tons of coffee every year near Port Edward, just south of which Caribb ean E s tates of fers accommodation at the mouth of the Umtamvuna River on the KwaZulu-Natal/Eastern Cape border. Possible investments, both at Umtentweni Beach: Hibberdene mixed-use development including a service station, residential and commercial components; John Mason Park, an area with sea frontage, conference and amphitheatre facilities, a 100-room hotel, residential units, a water park and a skate park. Ugu District has three industrial estates – Shelley Beach, Marburg and Ifafa (being developed). Furniture manufacturing could be a good option, taking advantage of the nearby plantations. In agri-processing there is scope for expansion of timber and sugar cane and for the processing of tea tree oil and aloe essential oils.

UGU Industrial park focus: processed perishable goods. Excellent beaches, a subtropical climate and good tourism inf r as truc ture make the South Coast a very attractive destination. Large towns include Port

UMGUNGUNDLOVU Industrial park focus: leather processing. 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

ILEMBE Industrial park focus: renewable energy. The N2 is the main arterial running through the district, giving excellent access to both Durban and Richards Bay. The Dolphin Coast is a major node for tourism. With the King Shaka International Aiport (KSIA) and the Dube TradePort lying just south of the iLembe District in the eThekwini Municipality, a partnership has been created between the two municipalities and the provincial government to develop a renewable energy technology innovation hub. Enterprise iLembe (Pty) Ltd drives investment into the area. At Ndwedwe, 26 biodigesters produce gas for cooking as part of the Working for Energy programme of the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). Possible investment: a 250-room resort, Nonoti Beach Resort, at KwaDukuza (formerly Stanger). This would include self-catering units, a conference facility and six restaurants.

The Umtamvuna River is one of the many tourist attractions in the Ugu District.



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