Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone forms the heart
of the emergent Durban Aerotropolis.The Provincial
Government of KwaZulu-Natal is the driving force
behind the planning, development and creation of
Durban Aerotropolis and is working in conjunction
with local land owners, municipalities and state-
REASONS TO INVEST
KING SHAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Plentiful supply of zoned and fully-serviced land, immediately adjacent to King Shaka International Airport.
Located within a Customs-Controlled Area provides for the ease of business and the provision of incentives related to the import and export of specialised aeronautical parts and materials.
With South Africa's second largest economy, Greater Durban is a prime business destination.
MULTIPLE REGIONAL AIRPORTS AND AERODROMES
Multiple regional airports and aerodromes in the region would benefit from local aeronautical and related support services.
Anchored by King Shaka International Airport, the Durban Aerotropolis may best be described as a purpose-built airport city.
What Is Durban Aerotropolis?
Anchored by King Shaka International Airport, the Durban Aerotropolis may best be described as a purpose-built airport city.The emergence of Durban Aerotropolis will serve to enhance urban and national competitiveness as a direct consequence of greatly improved and enhanced multi-modal transport access and the planned, co-ordinated and aviation-linked commercial development.This will, ultimately, give effect to the immediate region and, indeed, the entire province of KwaZulu-Natal becoming more economically efficient, attractive to investors - local and foreign - and sustainable.
The Durban Aerotropolis is designed to bring residential and employment opportunities closer together, so reducing commuter travel by up to 40% over time and cutting costs associated with travel.
The Durban Aerotropolis master plan provides a development framework for the next 50 years of growth within the confines of KwaZulu-Natal’s premier airport precinct.
By anticipating and responding to the region’s potential trends and challenges, the master plan creates a favourable physical environment for investment through integrated and co-ordinated spatial planning, integrated multi-modal transport networks, infrastructure and engineering services, and environmental sustainability measures.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT DURBAN AEROTROPOLIS
- 50-year master plan development horizon
- Potential to attract investment amounting to R1 trillion
- First city to be planned and developed in a democratic South Africa.
- Covers an area of 32 000ha, extending from Umhlanga in the south, to Ballito in the north
- Ndwedwe in the west.
- Provides for 42 million square metres of developable land for a wide range of uses.
- 21% industrial and warehousing;
- 4% Civic, institutional and other non-residential;
- 12% retail;
- 7% office and banking;
- 14% agricultural; and
- 42% residential.
- 25 000 short-term jobs projected;
- 300 000 medium-term jobs projected;
- 750 000 long-term jobs projected.
- Home to 1.5 million residents, with residential options geared to co-location with employment opportunities in a live/work/play urban model.
- The establishment of 10 000ha of green space.
- Anticipated that 70% of peak period commuters will utilise public transport.
King Shaka International Airport, owned and operated by Airports Company South Africa, is a new generation airport with a 3.7km runway - the longest runway at sea level in South Africa - capable of accommodating the world’s largest aircraft.It has two rapid taxi-ways and the capacity to handle 23 air traffic movements per hour. The airport terminal has the capacity to handle 7.5 million passengers per annum in its first phase and facilitated 6.1 million passengers pre-COVID-19 pandemic.
OPPORTUNITY WITHIN THE DURBAN AEROTROPOLIS
With a highly efficient network of roads and highways, King Shaka International Airport is well connected to Greater Durban.Plans are in place for Metro connectivity in future expansion scenarios.
The airport and surrounding Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone has seen the development of major infrastructure, creating opportunities for further investment and development by the private sector in terms of commercial, industrial and business opportunities in close proximity to the airport.
QUALITY OF LIFE
In line with the growth of the precinct surrounding the airport, outlying suburb have witnessed the exceptional growth of new retail outlets, schools,entertainment zones, restaurants - the social components of which lend themselves to an exceptional quality of life.
Given the advent of new developments in Durban's northern development corridor, stimulated by growth within Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone and the airport, residential demand has transformed the property market in the wider area.
IAS Adopted DURAMP Awarded to Hatch-Iyer-Utho
Inaugural Workshop created aspirational vision with stakeholders
Inception report presented to ASC & working groups
Design Charrette 1 Co-created master plan prototypes with stakeholders
Presentation to the AEC
Design Charrette 2 Status quo review and emerging master plan concept testing with stakeholders
Present draft master plan to stakeholders for comment
Master plan and implementation plan concluded
Adoption by Provincial Cabinet
Durban Aerotropolis Launch
Launch of Durban Aerotropolis Visitor Centre, located at Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone
Launch of Whetstone Industrial Estate - the first private-sector led development since the launch of the Durban Aerotropolis
The Durban Aerotropolis is the brainchild of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government. However, it has partnered with a range of like-minded entities to give effect to the realisation of the airport city concept.
Partner entities include:
- Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs;
- eThekwini Municipality;
- KwaDukuza Municipality;
- Ndwedwe Municipality;
- Tongaat Hulett Developments;
- Dube TradePort Corporation;
- Airports Company South Africa;
- Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal; and
- Tourism KwaZulu-Natal.
- KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA);
- eThekwini Transport Authority, Water and Sanitation and Invest Durban;
- District of iLembe, Kwadukuza and Ndwedwe Local Municipalities;
- Enterprise iLembe;
- District of uMgungundlovo and Msunduzi Local Municipality;
- Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa);
- National and KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport;
- KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury;
- KwaZulu-Natal Department of Human Settlements;
- The University of KwaZulu-Natal;
- National Housing Development Agency;
- National Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC);
- Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA);
- Umgeni Water; and
- Social Accord.