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Building Industry news from Zululand

Wednesday, 30 May 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tasveera Singh
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In my role as Zululand Area Manager, I have over the last few months engaged with several industry stakeholder bodies from Richards Bay and its surrounding areas. With several projects either underway or having recently been awarded, the outlook for the area from various role players appears to be somewhat optimistic.

uMhlathuze Municipality has officially opened the Lot 63 Empangeni Taxi Rank and the Fire Station in Esikhaleni. We were also advised that the Ridge development, Green Hills and Mega City projects have all been awarded for development.

uMhlathuze Municipality is also currently pushing sports clubs in Richards Bay for dramatically enhanced rental income, especially those with waterfront properties. Sports clubs in the area have up to now benefited from low or zero rentals and according to the Zululand Observer, one club has been ordered to pay a monthly rental of R 85,000 plus rates and taxes. It is widely believed that clampdown is designed to free up properties for future waterfront development. Club committees are reportedly scurrying for legal advice.

In 2016, the City of uMhlathuze proposed to relocate the airport to the earmarked new site west of the N2 highway between Empangeni and eNselini Nature Reserve. 2022 is the target date for the opening of the airport. Feasibility studies are however still underway, meaning that challenges may still be encountered in bringing it to fruition.

Our City has had some pleasant rain over the past two months, but it has not managed to bring the city out of the drought, dams are still at 40% capacity. 

Black Umbrellas hosted their annual awards event in April 2018 at the Protea Hotel Waterfront. We are extremely proud to announce that Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal member, Engineering Solutions received the 2nd place award for Most Jobs Created. Congratulations to Engineering Soluions.

On 29 May 2018, the Zululand area office hosted its Annual General Meeting which was very well attended. The feedback received from members was exceedingly positive and we thank our members for their ongoing support.

Paula Leah | Area Manager Zululand

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