N3 CORRIDOR DEVELOPMENT
The Durban–Gauteng corridor, by far the most important economic corridor in the country, is expecting massive increases in freight volumes. It is estimated that within 20 years, the amount of freight will double from the current 4 200 daily. This will reflect an increase of 152% in tons transported, from 762 tons p.a. in 2011 to 1.93 billion tons in 2041. The resultant congestion and unreliability, has negative implications.
Beyond the freight volumes, tourists travelling from Gauteng to Durban, constitute 49% of the number of visitors to the city, this translates into 700 000 visitors a year, most of whom drive through the N3 Corridor of our District.The need for expansion of industrial, commercial and retail space outside of the Ethekwini Metro is evident from the congestion and lack of serviced, flat and accessible land within the Metro.
The stage is set for a corridor development on the scale of Midrand in Gauteng. This development spans the local Municipalities of Mpofana, uMngeni, Msunduzi, Mkhambathini as well as Ethekwini, and is presented as one development with two complimentary nodes. The development of the N3 Corridor is planned around the stimulation of economic activity at 8 interchanges being the portion from Mpofana (Mooi River) extending South East to the Cato Ridge Interchange.
THE FIRST PHASE IS A PLATFORM FOR THE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF A TRULY POST-APARTHEID, SUSTAINABLE AND COLLECTIVELY OWNED TOWN, WHICH WE ARE CALLING “ETHUBENI” (the place of opportunity) AT THE CAMPERDOWN / UMLAAS ROAD INTERCHANGES.
In summary the proposed “eThubeni” project is a major, catalytic one whose uniqueness cannot be over emphasized in that it will be :
- Based upon the natural environment, from a planning and technologies perspective
- Redefining the manner in which towns are planned, so as to incorporate housing, employment, education and recreation for all
- Allowing for new ownership models by all citizens
- Promoting the skills development of those who live there to ensure maximum uptake of local labour
- Facilitating the development of an agri-park (primary & secondary production) on its boarders, to maximize job creation, reduce the travel of produce and value-add where ever possible
This Medium term Project has been identified as a Provincial Catalytic Project and will be broadly publicised towards attracting investors and participants from far and wide.
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