The sound of crashing waves, the smell of the ocean, and uninterrupted sea views in luxurious secure environments with easy access to hospitals, schools, shopping centres – plus the added bonus of an international airport on your doorstep – make the North Coast of KwaZuluNatal an attractive place to call home.
This magnificent stretch of coastline graces the cover of this issue. Already a wide variety of developments are rapidly forging ahead on prime real estate along our most idyllic coastline – so watch this space as those lucky enough to have bought land will reap the rewards in years to come.
On page 8 we chat to local developers about their plans and progress along the North Coast. On the business front, Dube TradePort adds to the economic growth of this region. As the first phase of this development unfolds, we witness the growth and progress and are excited about the new private sector investment into the area. Read more on page 11.
Proximity to good schools and tertiary institutions has a significant impact on property prices. Gareth Bailey takes a look at international scenarios where good schools drive up the price of residential property. While many may feel that the supply of quality schools and tertiary institutions along our coastline is trailing the rate of residential property development, it is encouraging that there are substantial plans by Tongaat Hulett Developments to make land opportunities available to future educational institutions. In the short-term both AdvTech and Curro have announced new schools to cater for primary and high school needs and will be pitched at the middle-income market segment. More on page 20.
We are certainly spoilt for choice with golf courses in KZN, particularly north of Durban, boasting a fine selection of options for the keen golfer. Durban Country Club is 96 years old and stands proudly along the Durban coastline, taking full advantage of the splendid views of the Indian Ocean. This iconic asset has a new chairman, and we are excited for him and wish him well in his new role. Read more about Kamlesh Ranchhod’s journey on page 16.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching on May 13, don’t forget to start planning for this special day.