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ECONOMIC INDICATORS

The South Coast region lies in the south of Durban, bordered by a coastline of 112km. The district is made up of four local municipalities: Umdoni, uMzumbe, Ray Nkonyeni and Umuziwabantu, all of which have played a critical role in the cultivation of the district’s economy.

The Ray Nkonyeni Municipality is the ultimate economy booster due to its location. Commercial agriculture in the district produces one-fifth of all bananas consumed in South Africa, with numerous companies successfully exporting these and other products to some of the most exclusive packers in the United Kingdom.

The Ugu District is the proud owner of Blue Flag Status beaches, which have marked tourism as a major economic cultivator. The improvement of its infrastructure, education, health and recreational facilities contributes immensely to its appeal. The nurturing of the local economy highly features tourism and agriculture, and includes the district’s very own Ugu Jazz Festival. It also includes other renowned annual activities, such as the Africa Bike Week, which have gained momentum worldwide.

Main Economic Sectors

Manufacturing

Finance, insurance, real estate and business service

Wholesale and retail trade, catering and accommodation

Agriculture, forestry and fishing

Community, social and personal services

Construction

Transport, storage and communication

Cities/Towns:

  • Harding, Hibberdene
  • Margate, Pennington
  • Port Edward
  • Port Shepstone,
  • Scottburgh/Umzinto North
  • Southbroom

Investment opportunities

Property Development

  • Beachfront development – Scootburgh, Turton, Port Shepstone and Margate
  • Government office complex
  • Retail and residential development

Blue Economy

  • Small craft harbour, fish farming, boat manufacturing and maritime academy

ICT and Broadband

  • Fibre-optic network rollout to ensure coverage for the entire Ugu area

Tourism

  • medium sized convention centre (3000 seater)
  • cultural tourism and nation building exercises
  • adventure tourism (product development in traditional areas / settlements occupied by indigenous communities)

Creative industries and ideal location for filming and advertising

Light manufacturing

  • Tenants for our industrial estates – Shelley Beach, Marburg and Ifafa (still at planning stages)
  • Furniture manufacturing taking advantage of the plantations

Infrastructure

  • Public-Private Partnerships for Margate airport upgrade

Green Economy

  • Renewable energy and recycling
  • Manufacture and repair of solar panels

Agriculture

  • Expansion of sugar cane and banana cultivation to traditional areas
  • Conversion of fallow fields by cultivating high yield cash crops – macadamia and vegetables
  • Vertical agriculture / hydroponics
  • Fish farming / aquaculture
  • Agro-processing and logistics