Cornubia, a partnership with Tongaat Hulett, the eThekwini Municipality, the National Department of Human Settlements and the KZN Province, is a multi-billion rand project which is viewed as a national flagship integrated human settlements project. The mixed use and mixed income development, spanning over some 10 to 20 years will consolidate and integrate the communities north of Durban. Cornubia will be the home of the next major industrial area in the north,with construction ofthe 80 hectare Cornubia Industrial and Business Estate having commenced in early 2012.This will be a key industrial development with linkages to the new international airport and the closest greenfields industrial location to the Durban port.
The planning of Cornubia is based upon the principles of sustainable development with higher densities, a wide range and integration of income levels, employment and economic opportunities, substantial provision for schools, clinics and other social facilities, predicated on viable non motorized and public transportation and extensive open spaces.
The development is proposed to provide some 24 000 homes of which 15 000 are proposed for subsidised housing (and the balance for a wide range of affordability levels). By offering attributes such as safety and security, public open space, traffic accessibility, proximity to labour pools and an excellent working environment, Cornubia will build communities and position itself as a place to live, work and play. More importantly, Cornubia represents the vision and commitment of a government which has its dreams and ideals of its people in mind, as well as a willing private sector development partner keen to help make a difference.
The development is strategically located (some 15km south of the new King Shaka International Airport) between the historically created and disadvantaged areas of Phoenix, Ottawa and Waterloo and newer areas of Mt Edgecombe and Umhlanga and has been planned to integrate these very different and disparate communities in a manner which adds value and enhances linkages and opportunities to all.