There is a strong positive sentiment from the business sector for new direct investment into the region, creating pressure to deliver on serviced commercial sites for occupation, as well as on the upgrade of existing infrastructure to accommodate the new demands. The envisaged Aerotropolis in the provincial 50 year Master Plan will have the KSIA as its nucleus and this lies at a distance of 15 minutes from the iLembe District.
This is an exciting time for the region as a whole, with the Provincial Growth and Development Strategy for the Province of KwaZulu-Natal, as approved by Provincial Cabinet in the last quarter of 2011, clearly indicating that the northern corridor of KwaZulu-Natal will become the focus of economic growth over the next 20 years and beyond. This bodes extremely well for the district, which will again experience unprecedented growth once the worldwide economy shows growth once again. Specifically, the R102 and P100 roads have been identified as investment corridors and Compensation has been identified as an economic opportunity zone partly in response to its favourable location with respect to the DTP site.
iLembe is at the heart of South Africa’s logistics platform. The submarine telecoms cable systems connecting South Africa to the rest of Africa has two landing points – Mtunzini in iLembe and the Western Cape. The connections to the submarine cables foster a sustainable call centre industry and the development of ICT hubs. To this end a pilot broadband project was implemented in 2011.