KZN'S 50-Year Master Plan
King Shaka International Airport is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s great success stories. Within a few years of its opening for business, it was voted best airport under 5 million passengers in the world. Millions of people use the airport every year, passing through on their way to destinations all around the world.
But what many don’t know is that King Shaka International Airport has a partner, Dube TradePort, and that together the two are the focus of a 50-year master plan aimed at turning KwaZulu-Natal into an economic powerhouse.
Dube TradePort is a gigantic greenfield development purpose-built to facilitate airport-related business. And while King Shaka International Airport has been garnering an international reputation, Dube TradePort has been turning itself into one of South Africa’s top investment opportunities. The key is a combination of cutting-edge infrastructure with an emphasis on local economic development. Dube TradePort has several business zones, each focusing on a specific niche in the market, from agriculture to manufacturing to cargo handling to cloudbased data solutions.
Dube TradePort’s unique position – adjacent to the airport and close to the important seaports at Durban and Richards Bay – lets it offer investors a perfect blend of convenience and international reach.
It’s a winning formula. Not only does Dube TradePort have the backing of the provincial and national government, but it has also been given a coveted Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) designation.
With the support of local and international investors, government backing, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and a fully-formed development plan stretching to 2060, Dube TradePort is set to become the engine that drives KwaZulu-Natal’s economy.
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Solar powered schools
Local schools are reaping the benefits of solar power installations worth over R1.5 million. The solar installations are part of an ongoing initiative by Dube TradePort to bring state-of-the-art technologies directly to local communities.
So far, five primary schools and three secondary schools have been fitted with the units, which can reduce each school’s electricity bill by up to 60%. As a result, the schools have more money to channel into other important avenues where there were once shortages. Over 5 000 learners have benefited thus far.
The solar installations use cutting-edge photovoltaic cells, which absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity. Solar energy does not rely on burning fossil fuels, so it’s a lot better for the environment too!