This emergent airport city and major trade and business hub is on the cusp of becoming South Africa’s new gateway to Southern Africa and the world, heralding the dawn of a highly competitive business operating environment; an environment specifically designed to accelerate business efficiencies and enhance the global supply chain. Crucially, the importance of its growth, development and alignment with Government planning has attracted the direct and indirect involvement of Provincial and Local Government structures, organised business and the private sector.
These strategically important role-players’ individual strengths are now being brought to bear in the quest to realise a common and mutually beneficial objective; the manifestation of a sustainable amega-development... Aerotropolis:KZN .
The Common Denominator
Aerotropolis:KZN – the heart of which is Dube TradePort and King Shaka International Airport (DUR ) – is set to become a major trade and business hub in Sub-Saharan Africa, on the doorstep of KwaZulu-Natal’s (KZN ’s) biggest city and primary manufacturing centre, Durban.
It brings to the fore a highly competitive business operating environment, complete with state-of-the- art connected infrastructure – road, rail, seaport and IT – all designed to accelerate business efficiencies and enhance the global supply chain.
Based on a 60-year Master Plan, this emergent airport city is poised to become South Africa’s business gateway to South Africa, Southern Africa... and the world. Three components clearly set Aerotropolis:KZN apart, affording it a distinct competitive advantage over other South African and African destinations.
- Firstly, this is a freight-orientated development with worldclass cargo facilities, managed by a single handler and considered the most secure in Africa;
- Secondly, it is being purpose-built, especially within a radius of 7,5km around Dube TradePort; and
- Thirdly, this is one of few such developments around the world utilising a Greenfield site, with an additional 32 000 acres, ready for carefully planned and controlled development.
Strategically located between the seaports of Durban – Africa’s busiest port and boasting the southern hemisphere’s biggest and best-equipped container terminal – and Richards Bay – South Africa’s largest deep-water port and the primary facility for handling bulk commodities, as well as granite blocks, liquid and steel – Aerotropolis:KZN
is the ideal platform, centred, as it is, around international air connectivity, for the expansion of global business and trade opportunities and economic growth.
Significant Government investment in continued port and regional development is set to further streamline business efficiencies, while planning activities for Durban’s new and visionary dig-out port project will also broaden Aerotropolis:KZN ’s competitive advantage.
Aerotropolis:KZN ’s coastal location makes logistics a costeffective proposition. In addition, South Africa’s membership of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) trade forum provides a catalytic opportunity to re-position Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.
Aerotropolis development, burgeoning port infrastructure, direct access to more than 120 global destinations (via Dubai with Emirates) and linkages with Southern African (SA DC) countries (currently Zambia and Zimbabwe and extending to an additional eight destinations within 24 months via SA Express) combine to position the region as a key business entry point into South and Southern Africa.
The development provides for public and private cooperation, co-ordination and alignment with Government planning, ensuring both direct and indirect involvement in its development and growth by not only the Provincial Government, but also attendant Local Government structures, organised business and – critically – the private sector. Such a strong public-private relationship is rare in the growth of aerotropolis developments anywhere else in the world, while here these sectors are pooling their individual strengths to realise a common and mutually beneficial objective: the sustained coordination of the growth and development of Aerotropolis:KZN in a region renowned for its lifestyle.
KwaZulu-Natal’s sub-tropical climate and year-round warmth, golden beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean, have made this South Africa’s top domestic tourism destination and one of the country’s top sporting centres. KwaZulu-Natal offers a wonderful lifestyle on the industrial and business doorstep.
Aerotropolis:KZN ’s growth into the future brings together a range of diverse development stakeholders whose independent objectives align with a shared goal. These role-players are intent on generating an ideal investment climate for the expansion and growth of KwaZulu-Natal’s regional economy by creating opportunities for the broad business environment through the structured and planned development of Aerotropolis:KZN .