KwaZulu-Natal Infrastructure

ChemSpec Headquarters
ChemSpec Headquarters
KwaZulu-Natal has a well-developed infrastructure of roads, railways and telecommunications, plentiful semi-skilled labour, a sophisticated commercial and financial business structure, complemented by a full spectrum of professional services, good access to overseas markets, quality housing, and excellent medical, social and cultural facilities. Modern industrial parks are found throughout the Province and standard factory buildings are available, while custom-built factories can be constructed according to specification.

Durban Port

Grindrod Ship
Grindrod Ship
Durban Port is the largest on the Southern African Coast, and is a full service general cargo port. The port of Durban handles the greatest volume of sea-going traffic of any port in southern Africa.

Durban is South Africa’s premier container facility, as well as the busiest, deepwater bulk and breakbulk port, with the largest capability for handling containerised sea traffic. The port is modern and well equipped, offering a wide range of goods and passenger handling facilities. These are backed up by a versatile grouping of specialised and general warehouse and materials handling organisations and road, rail, air and pipeline transport systems.

Durban Port offers the following facilities:
Port Operational Facilities, Container terminal, Break-bulk cargo facilities, Bulk handling facilities, Bulk liquid storage, Dedicated refined-sugar terminal, Motor vehicle terminal, Dry-dock and ship repair facilities, Vessel re-victualling, Passenger vessel terminal, and Yacht basin.
Transhipment-warehousing and bond-warehousing are also available.

The Port has undegone a R1.34 billion investment programme aimed at upgrading existing facilities, increasing capacity and accommodating the latest mega-container vessels with more projects in the pipeline.

Richards Bay Port

Richards Bay is South Africa’s main bulk cargo port. Richards Bay Port consists of a Dry Bulk Terminal, a Multi Purpose Terminal and the privately operated Coal Terminal. Other private operators within the port include several wood chip export terminals and a bulk liquid terminal. Cruise ships make use of either the small craft berth or one of the normal cargo handling berths depending on the size of the ship. There is a modern marina at the small craft basin. Water sports and recreational facilities are available in the harbour at reserved places.

 For full details of SAPO port facilities and terminals consult the SA Port Operations website at .


KwaZulu-Natal has two national double carriageway highways running through the Province. These are the N2, which runs along the coast from South to North, and the N3, which runs from Durban westwards and is the main road link to Johannesburg and Gauteng and other inland areas. The City of Durban has a well-developed freeway system, which links into the national highways. 

Mhlathuze water
Mhlathuze water

The Province is relatively water rich compared with the rest of the country. KwaZulu- Natal has good rainfall in most parts of the Province. Many of the major rivers have their source in the Drakensberg Mountains. The urban areas are therefore well serviced with high quality water. South Africa is one of the few countries in the world where the Municipal tap water is perfectly safe to drink. Check if the tap water is suitable to drink at the more remote areas.

Potable water is not recycled, although supply of recycled water can be negotiated for specific industrial applications in the Durban area. Water supply for urban use is sourced from a network of storage dams strategically located around the Province. The provincial water utility is Umgeni Water. South Africa subscribes to world-class environmental management protocols and local authorities enforce these.

Pollution controls are of a first world standard in
South Africa and are normally enforced by the local authority.

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