The annual Sardine Run is one of the highlights on the tourism calendar

The Small Harbours and State Coastal Property Development project

Operation Phakisa – a broad national strategy to tackle projects that will reap benefits quickly – has a number of priority streams, one of which is the Oceans Economy.

The Oceans Economy has been chosen as one of the key sectors for Operation Phakisa because of the massive opportunity to create value that resides onshore and offshore.

As part of the Oceans Economy strategy within Operation Phakisa, a unit within the National Department of Public Works has been created, the name of which explains its mandate – the Small Harbours and State Coastal Property Development (SH&SCPD) unit.

KwaZulu-Natal

With its two important ports, KwaZulu-Natal is very much a maritime province. Between them, Durban and Richards Bay handle 78% of South Africa’s cargo tonnage. Richards Bay, apart from being the country’s main site for the export of coal, is also a registered Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and consequently attracts a range of investors.

The state owns property adjacent to many of the province’s fine beaches and these will be used to further develop tourist infrastructure, primarily on the South Coast. The great annual Sardine Run is one of the highlights on the tourism calendar and generally involves thousands of individuals plunging into the surf in search of silvery treasure. Some of planned infrastructure involves fish processing.

The remote destinations in the northern parts of KwaZulu-Natal have been mentioned in some of the preliminary planning for the project, but no details have yet been announced.

Four district municipalities and the metropolitan municipality of eThekwini preside over ports, small harbours and coastal properties in the province.

Priority projects

Port Edward
  • Development of a new harbour and coastal property, with economic activities such as fish and processing, fishing and leisure activities.
Hibberdene
  • Development of coastal property, with economic activities such as the creation of a waterfront and a Music City.
Port Shepstone
  • Development of coastal property, with economic activities such as boat-building and repairs and the creation of an economic zone.

Contact the Department of Public Works for more details about upcoming opportunities.
Learn more about Operation Phakisa, the Oceans Economy and the Small Harbours and State Coastal Property Development project.

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government

Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs:
www.kzndedt.gov.za
  • eThekwini Metropolitan Municipalitywww.durban.gov.za
    • Coastal assets: Port of Durban, Umkomaas, Amanzimtoti, Umhlanga.
  • Ugu District Municipalitywww.ugu.gov.za
    • Coastal local municipalities: Ray Nkonyeni LM; Umdoni LM.
    • Coastal assets: Port Shepstone, Port Edward, Hibberdene, Shelley Beach.
  • iLembe District Municipalitywww.ilembe.gov.za
    • Coastal local municipalities: Mandeni LM; KwaDukuza LM.
    • Coastal assets: Ballito, Zinkwazi beach.
  • King Cetshwayo District Municipality: www.uthungulu.gov.za
    • Coastal local municipalities: uMlalazi LM; uMhlatuze LM; uMfolozi LM.
    • Coastal assets: Port of Richards Bay, Richards Bay IDZ.
  • uMkhanyakude District Municipalitywww.ukdm.gov.za
    • Coastal local municipalities: Mhlabuyalingana LM.
    • Coastal assets: Kosi Bay, St Lucia.

Learn more about Operation Phakisa, the Oceans Economy and the Small Harbours and State Coastal Property Development project.