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South Public Transport Densification Corridor

This is a transit oriented development that aims to densify mixed used development around the southern transport corridor and its three nodes; around Montclair, Umbilo and Umlazi W Section.

  • Catalytic Project: Category A (in or near implementation)
  • Area: Transport Corridors

Project description

Connecting under-developed parts of the City to economic opportunities, to dismantle spatial segregation and to maximize mixed use opportunities along transportation corridors.

Socio-economic benefits

  • Investment Value: R2,5-billion
  • Annual Rates: not yet determined
  • Permanent Jobs: 1 000
  • Other:
    • Affordable Housing
    • Student accommodation
    • Improved neighbourhood that is safe
    • Improved quality of the physical environment
An artist’s impression of King Edward Node

Project status*

  • The developer appetite has been tested through a socio-economic survey and market analysis.
  • Rezoning for all 3 nodes has been completed and infrastructure analysis for the King Edward site has been done.
  • Infrastructure funding allocation has been done through line departments of the City.

Key issues / challenges

  • Most developers want free hold rights on the land, which goes against the City’s position on long term lease.
  • Social housing grant constraints, which limits desirable densities.
  • Developers prefer to develop a monolithic use as opposed to complete mixed use, which then defeats the objectives of the site.

Response and way forward

  • Continuous engagement between World Bank, National Treasury, AECOM and City to resolve challenges.
  • The Request for Proposal to get the developers’ response, test appetite for PPP approach.
  • The anticipated launch date for Umbilo node is May 2017.

*As at March 2017

Contact / enquire

For the most current update on opportunities, project progress, outstanding actions and investment requirements, please contact Invest Durban.


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