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FOCUS 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 Possible investment: the Pietermaritzburg’s Edendale Town Centre is being transformed to attract manufacture of polysilicon for investment. PV solar energy installations at Pietermaritzburg. The project is at the conceptual stage. UMKHANYAKUDE Industrial park focus: to be decided. The Isimangaliso Wetland Park extends 220km along the northern reaches of the province, to the border with Mozambique, and offers unrivalled birding, game viewing, deep-sea fishing, turtle tours, kayaking and whale-watching. It is a World Heritage Site and, together with the Hluhluwe-uMfolozi Game Reserve, forms the core of the tourism and conservation offering in the province. With agriculture the other dominant economic activity in the area, any new investment would have to be ecologically sensitive. Possible investments: ethanol manufacturing plant near Jozini on the Makhatini Flats using sugar cane as a feed stock; an entertainment complex at Hlungweni Peninsula within the Tembe Tribal Authority, 30km north of Sodwana Bay. UMZINYATHI Industrial Park focus: to be decided. The area hosts one of the most important historical sites from the colonial era, Isandlwana. The N3 highway, a vital corridor of trade and traffic between KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, The Alfred Duma Local Municipality offers investors industrial space at runs through the district and would good rates. support logistics operations. The chief town is Dundee which was founded because of the presence of coal. The Majuba TVET College has a campus in the town. Possible investment: the cultivation and processing of soya beans. South Africa has a high demand for oilseed cake but the country is a net importer of soybean products. This project is in the concept phase but initial thinking is to have facilities in two districts in the north of the province. KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2018/19

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UTHUKELA Industrial park focus: electronics. Larger towns include Estcourt, Colenso and Ladysmith. Predominantly rural, the district encompasses two of the greatest natural assets in the province in the Thukela River and a part of the Drakensberg mountain range, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. Sumitomo Rubber Industries and Defy are manufacturing companies with a presence in the Alfred Duma Local Municipality, which also hosts TVET college facilities. Possible investment: the Alfred Duma Local Municipality offers industrial stands to new investors at good rates; the development of a cableway system in the Drakensberg (near Bergville) with entertainment and accommodation facilities. ZULULAND Industrial park focus: agriprocessing. Zululand is a popular destination for cultural experiences and the area is rich in Zulu history and Anglo-Boer War history. Vryheid and Ulundi are the main towns. Much of the area falls under traditional authorities and it is predominately rural. Possible investment: Agriprocessing and tourism are the main sectors that are most suitable for investment. Development of a heritage site at Nongoma to serve as a catalyst for other sites to offer traditional Zulu experience, encompassing arts and crafts, agriprocessing, traditional medicines and cosmetics and leveraging the profusion of aloe plants in the district.

KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

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