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Amanzimtoti on the South Coast of KZN is fast becoming an investor hot spot as it prepares to become the site of a massive new automotive park.

Gavin Parkins, a commercial and industrial agent at Seeff Amanzimtoti, said the town is expected to receive a boost when building commences of the KZN Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Illovo. Completion of the project is predicted as early as August 2022, he said.

The ASP model has been used with great success in three previous locations in South Africa, Parkins said. “The Gauteng Provincial Government/AIDC Automotive Suppliers Park in Rosslyn Pretoria North servicing Nissan and BMW, Ford South Africa, National, Provincial and Local Government initiated Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Pretoria and the Sunnyridge Automotive Supplier Park in East London.

“These initiatives resulted in thousands of personnel being relocated from areas across South Africa to create centralised automotive industrial zones servicing the local motor manufacturers. “These developments have not only created massive employment opportunities, but have also impacted the local economies in a very positive way.”

Parkins said that the R11 billion Dube Trade Port Auto Suppliers Park in Kingsburgh will service Toyota, MAN Trucks and Volvo Automotive – the largest development of its kind in South Africa. Once completed the 1,000 Ha project is anticipated to create more than 25,000 new jobs and also includes the construction of thousands of new affordable homes. Over a five year period it is anticipated that thousands of families will relocate to the area from areas where automotive suppliers are currently situated. As was experienced in East London, there will be a huge surge in demand for residential housing once the Auto Supplier Park commences operations, Parkins said.

Property boost

This sudden demand for thousands of homes will certainly have an effect on local property prices that have lagged behind national performance for the past three to five years, he said. However, he noted that there is limited supply in the local areas and such a sudden spike in demand will further affect pricing.

“On commencement of the project in the latter half of 2020 developers will be more confident in the potential of a rapid upturn in residential demand and it is advisable than savvy investors try to get their hands on vacant land earlier rather than later, before the inevitable price increases.” Parkins said that investors should turn their focus to areas like Kingsburgh, Warner Beach, Doonside, Amanzimtoti, Illovo and Winklespruit that are the residential suburbs closest to the expected ASP development.

“Over the past years prices in the new residential developments of Amanzimtoti have stagnated and retail development has been the primarily property development in the region. “More recently however there have been noted improvements in the residential market with rising prices and improved demand. “Low levels of residential development have however left a supply shortfall, but hopefully this will be corrected soon.”


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Durban, an already popular tourist destination, sitting in South Africa’s third largest municipality, has two new ways of boosting travel through its borders.

Cruise Terminal

Managing Director of MSC Cruises South Africa, Ross Volk recently revealed that MSC Cruises will begin building its Durban Cruise Terminal in November. The terminal will eventually be 4516 square metres in size.

The news was confirmed at an exclusive media launch held at MSC Cruises head office in Sandton on 20 August. The new R200 million cruise terminal at South Africa’s busiest cruise port is due to be completed in 2021.

“MSC Cruises is committed to growing the cruise tourism sector in the country and Africa at large. We are investing heavily in infrastructure as well as training, which includes the new Durban Cruise Terminal that will also house the MSC Shosholoza Ocean Academy,” Volk said.

He added that the multi-user terminal will make Durban an even more desirable destination for cruise ships from all over the world.

“It will substantially boost tourism numbers, create thousands of jobs and lead to supplier development. The construction of this state-of-the-art terminal is an exciting project that MSC Cruises is proud to be a part of. The design phase took a little longer than we anticipated, but it was vital that we got this right as we want the Durban Cruise Terminal to be an iconic destination,” he said.

According to Tourism Update, the MSC Cruises fleet currently comprises 16 ultra-modern, innovative and elegantly designed ships.

It is said to be the world’s largest privately-owned cruise company and the number-one cruise line in South Africa, Europe, South America, and the Gulf. The company reportedly achieved 800% growth in its first 10 years, building a global reputation in the industry and one of the youngest cruise fleets at sea.

At the media launch, Angelo Capurro, the group’s Global Executive Director also said that South Africa is an important market for MSC Cruises and reflects its broader growing investment in cruising globally.

“In fact, in South Africa for the next cruise season starting in December, we will have two ships operating. The bigger MSC Musica with the capacity to carry 3 200 guests will be homeported in Durban, while MSC Opera will be homeported in Cape Town and have a capacity for around 2 500,” Capurro stated.

Coach Route

Intercoach has announced they are now running a route from Durban to Mozambique. With no direct flights between the two locations, it’s often an awkard transfer at Johannesburg that has to facilitate those who travel by air. But last year, things got a little easier on this commute.

The Maputo-Catembe Bridge was inaugurated by the President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, on Saturday 10 November 2018. The three-kilometre-long suspension bridge, which extends 680 metres over Maputo Bay, has been lauded as a Southern Africa’s latest and greatest engineering feat, giving SA a direct route to the capital city of Maputo.

With this bridge now in place, it have shaved hours off of the journey time. And Intercape are ready to pounce upon the opportunity. Here’s everything you need to know about the new service.

Return tickets are around R600, which is multiple times cheaper than a flight. The trip takes 9.5 hours, has 12 stops, and officially opens on 6 September.

Four hours into the journey, passengers can grab refreshments and stretch their legs at the Hluhluwe PetroPort, before embarking on the remaining five-hour trek.

Border crossings, meanwhile, will take around 40 minutes. It’s essential you have the correct travel documents and your passport with you, in order to make any inspections run as smoothly as possible. You can no longer buy a visa on the Mozambique border, and travellers will have to sort theirs before departing.


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