Ugu District Municipality
Situated just 117km south of Durban with a rapidly developing economy, Ugu offers potential investors a broad spectrum of investment opportunities – of particular interest are tourism, agriculture, telecommunications, manufacturing and property development.
Ugu District Municipality is situated on KwaZulu-Natal’s subtropical South Coast. The Ugu District covers six local municipalities and 81 municipal wards and includes 39 traditional authorities.
A non-discriminatory society of healthy and empowered people living in a safe, transformed and sustainable environment, underpinned by a thriving and growing economy in which all participate and benefit fairly and equitably.
Enhancing our performance and work ethic to reach world-class standards, by placing emphasis on customer satisfaction and total quality management of all resources at our disposal.
Ugu District Municipality is governed by a council of 34 members and a fulltime exco of seven members including the speaker as an ex-officio member.
Currently the Ugu District Administration has four departments namely:
The office of the municipal manager oversees the strategic corporate and governance services including integrated development plans, strategy, internal audits, legal services, environmental health and mayoral and communication services.
Aside from general services the municipality has special programmes focusing on HIV and Aids, youth development, disaster management and programmes for farm workers, senior citizens, women and the disabled.
A Youth Development Unit has been established, with two youth development practitioners each responsible for coordinating youth development projects in three local municipalities.
Main business sectors
The district has economic development potential in the areas of tourism, agriculture and manufacturing (beneficiation). The fastest-growing sectors in Ugu in recent years were finance, business services and construction.
Key local economic development projects
• Forestry beneficiation programme
Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre
The Centre was designed to become a catalyst for growth within the Ugu District as well as an essential part of the municipality’s poverty reduction programme.
The development was therefore designed to appeal to the local community, while at the same time providing suitable world-class facilities that can be cordoned off and used by both national football federations and professional clubs. Algeria chose to use the Ugu Sport and Leisure Centre as their training base for the FIFA 2010 World Cup™.
Sport has been identified by the Ugu District Municipality as a valuable community development and upliftment tool, particularly among the youth. A permanent facility located within the Centre allows for the further development of talented players by combining sports coaching and education. The Centre will also become the hub for all sporting activities within the municipal area.
Advantages of establishing a business in Ugu District
The following are considered some of the key incentives for those looking to invest in the region:
Key facts and figures
Local municipalities covered: Hibiscus Coast,
Population: approximately 710 000
Main road: N2 highway
Cllr Sithembiso Cele, Mayor
Tel: +27 39 688 5700
Physical address: 28 Connor Street, Port Shepstone 4240
Postal address: PO Box 33, Port Shepstone 4240