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John Lamberti
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KwaZulu-Natal Perspectives

The Province’s natural advantages, include

  • Largely untapped environmental resources with unparalleled scenic beauty and bio-diversity
  • A unique multi-cultural heritage
  • Enormous human potential and resources

KwaZulu-Natal's competitive and comparative advantages include:

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  • The ports of Durban and Richards Bay, which together handle nearly 80 %of South Africa’s cargo tonnage.
  • Richards Bay is the country’s centre of aluminium industry operations, producing over 4% of the world’s export of aluminium. It is also the seat of the world’s largest sand mining and mineral-producing operations.
  • KwaZulu-Natal is the country’s leading producer of timber, processing over half of all timber used in the country, and accounting for a significant percentage of the country’s wood exports.
  • KwaZulu-Natal’s reputation as a leading tourist destination is well established, with potential to grow exponentially.
  • The Province has the highest export propensity, as well as the highest level of industrialization in the country.
  • The Province is second only to Gauteng in terms of its percentage contribution to South Africa’s GDP.

Key Points of the Provincial Growth and Development Strategy

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The 2011 KwaZulu Natal Provincial Growth and Development Strategy (KZN PGDS) bolsters the Province's commitment to achieving the vision of KwaZulu Natal (KZN) as a "Prosperous Province with a healthy, secure and skilled population, acting as a gateway to Africa and the World". The PGDS aims to build this gateway by growing the economy for the development and the improvement of the quality of life of all people living in the Province. Whilst the Provincial Government of KZN is leading this process, its success depends on strong compacts with labour, civil society and business.


KZN Economy

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