A conservation trust has been formed to ensure that the natural heritage in the Sibaya Coastal Precinct development north of Durban is protected.
On completion, the Tongaat Hulett development will comprise a few thousand homes, schools and tertiary institutions, retirement developments and corporate, retail and hospitality offerings.
The precinct, stretching between the Ohlanga and eMdloti river estuaries between the N2 highway and the coast north of Umhlanga, incorporates seven nodes and spans more than 1000ha of beach, forest, river and hilltop landscape.
Up to 60% of the development consists of 308ha of protected coastal dune forest.
The forest, wetlands and beaches host a variety of flora, birdlife and animals that will fall under the custodianship of the Sibaya Coastal Precinct Conservation Trust.
The development will establish 751Km of hiking, running and cycling trails with an opportunity to construct a series of boardwalks and trails, affording beach access to 6.5km of coastline. Much of the pristine Hawaan forest and a series of other smaller forests fall within the precinct’s borders.
“This forms the only significant remaining coastal dune forest outside of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
“It is a vital regional asset and will be maintained, protected and preserved along with the pristine beaches, wetlands and other rehabilitated open spaces by the trust, which is currently being registered,” says Tongaat Hulett developments executive Dayalan Chetty.