The next urban precinct expected to unlock significant economic activity for Durban’s largely underserviced outer-west subregion, the 2 000-hectare Ntshongweni Urban Development Project, is expected to break ground in early 2019, after Tongaat Hulett Developments managing director, Michael Deighton, confirmed that all development rights for the first phase are in place.

The Retail and Urban Core will anchor the Ntshongweni Urban Development as a mixed-use urban precinct centred around a new regional retail offering. Essential road upgrades to Kassier Road and development within the Retail and Urban Core is expected to generate 19 000 (construction) jobs.

This will be followed by a variety of other uses including residential, logistics, recreational, warehousing and leisure components.

N3 corridor access
Located 30km west of the Port of Durban on the N3, the development will provide a framework for environmentally sustainable, community-centric and inclusive urbanisation. The site is situated with KwaNdengezi and Dassenhoek to the south, Summerveld to the west, Assagay and Hillcrest to the north, and on completion will provide critical spatial, social and economic linkages to the existing surrounding communities.

“The N3 corridor is currently the country’s busiest transport route and will be upgraded in line with the aim of improving the country’s logistics and transport links. Linking into this important strategic corridor, the people-centred Ntshongweni Urban Development will create a benchmark for the way in which new, integrated, inclusive South African urban precincts are developed,” says Deighton.

People’s social needs
Approximately 1 000 hectares of open space is being allocated for passive and active recreational use. “With a strong horse riding, trail running and cycling community already enjoying the surrounds, we aim to elevate and enhance these activities for established and new communities to access and enjoy,” Deighton states.

Tongaat Hulett Developments will also implement their comprehensive iThuba programme to ensure socio-economic benefits are felt where needed most.

Bongani Gumede, Tongaat Hulett’s executive responsible for community, public and private partnerships in execution, states: “This tried and tested approach will embed social relevance, access to opportunities, localisation of skills, enterprise development and the creation of sustainable inclusive communities in every facet of the development execution.”

Job creation and progress
Over the 20-year construction period, Ntshongweni is expected to generate 400 000 temporary construction jobs, 35 000 permanent jobs, R700 million in annual rates for the eThekwini Municipality and R5,1 billion in annual tax revenue.

The new urban core will offer residents shopping and leisure opportunities currently only available to them through expensive and time-consuming travel.

“We are fully confident in Ntshongweni’s immense potential to bring more people closer to essential employment opportunities and urban services and amenities, while creating a favourable investment climate for investors and developers. These far-reaching socio-economic benefits are why the development is regarded as a catalyst for change in this underserviced semi-rural area.”

For more information on the Ntshongweni Urban Development, visit www.ntshongweni.co.za.

Caption: A representation of the Ntshongweni Urban Development.

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