Plans afoot to convert Durban airport
Pietermaritzburg - The KwaZulu-Natal government fully supports the use of the old Durban International Airport site for the development of a dugout port and a petrochemical hub, premier Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday.
"There is a need to utilise the site to expand capacity of the Durban port," Mkhize said in his state of the province address.
The former Durban International Airport was decommissioned in May when the new King Shaka International Airport was opened, and there has been speculation about its future use.
Mkhize said the petrochemical hub would be a logical expansion of existing facilities, such as the oil refineries.
"A full report on the progress of this matter will be presented by the steering committee to the political principals at the end of February," he said.
KwaZulu-Natal needed the investment to create jobs and grow the economy.
Mkhize said the rest of the property would be made available for the long-planned expansion of the automotive supplier park to produce vehicle components.
"This necessitates a reconfiguration of the car terminal at the port - another opportunity for investment", he said.