Durban’s North Coast is without a doubt one of the fastest developing areas in Southern Africa. Over the past decade or so, the face of Umhlanga has changed completely and the once-sleepy seaside resort has become an elegant, modern, thriving holiday and residential destination.
But it doesn’t end there. The surrounding areas of Umhlanga now boast incredible industrial, corporate and retail expansion. We have seen some major companies’ head and regional offices relocating to this beautiful part of the coast such as Media 24, Netcare’s Regional Office and the stunning R180 million regional head office for Investec Bank in Umhlanga Ridge.
Many people who vacation in Umhlanga are unaware that one of the biggest mixed use developments in the history of South Africa is emerging between Umhlanga and Mount Edgecombe. The 1200 hectare Cornubia – which will have cost over R25 billion on completion – will comprise of residential, commercial and industrial sites. This massive development (a collaboration between eThekwini Metro Municipality and Tongaat Hulett Development) has been declared a national priority project and will be SA’s first sustainable and fully integrated human settlement boasting over 24 000 new homes.
Aside from the magnificent resort and residential developments on the beachfront which cater to the more affluent members of society, it is great to know that development in this area is about all the people.
Cornubia Shopping Mall will offer food, fashion, lifestyle and sports, integrated into an outdoor family-orientated shopping experience ideal for the perfect KZN weather. It islocated just 1km from the Umhlanga/Mount Edgecombe interchange and is directly connected to the New Umhlanga Town Centre.
This very exciting development will certainly add to the mix of an already fantastic and vibrant region.