Plans afoot to convert Durban airport

2011-02-22 12:43

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.


  • tommy - 2011-02-22 16:51

    Please think now people. In your rush to enrich your cronies with your wonderful plan......... do not forget to consider all these little container parks and " warehouses" that are sprinkled all over the show and which take up valuable land that could be put to better use, don't forget to link your master plan with the "other brain surgeons" plan of a " high speed rail link " ........

  • Owen - 2011-02-22 17:59

    This idea has been around for many years. It should work well. I think that it is a good long term investment as was the airport. Both ideas came from the NP government so this is a good legacy of apartheid for a change.

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