KwaZulu-Natal South Coast

KwaZulu-Natal South Coast (better known as the KZN South Coast or South Coast) is a region on the southern coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It stretches from Scottburgh in the north to Port Edward in the south and Harding in the west and is governed by the Ugu District Municipality.

Its main towns are Scottburgh, Pennington, Hibberdene, Port Shepstone, Margate, Southbroom and Port Edward however Port Shepstone is the municipal seat and the primary town as it is the powerhouse of the South Coast.

There have been some tourist websites stating that Amanzimtoti, south of Durban is the northernmost town of the South Coast and that it falls under the region. However KwaZulu-Natal Tourism (government agency for tourism in KZN) and Tourism South Coast (government agency for tourism in KZN South Coast) clearly states that the South Coast's northernmost town is Scottburgh and that Amanzimtoti does not fall under the South Coast. [1][2]

As of 2016 the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast has a population of 753 336 (Ugu District Municipality)[3]

AdministrationEdit

The region is governed by the Ugu District Municipality with its seat in Port Shepstone. The three different regions are administered by their respective local municipalities. The only exception is where the Hibiscus Coast is governed by two local municipalities:[4][5]

SubregionsEdit

It is divided into three subregions which are Umdoni Coast & Country, Hibiscus Coast and Harding and surrounds.[13]

Umdoni Coast & CountryEdit

Umdoni Coast and Country better known as the Upper South Coast stretches from Scottburgh to Mtwalume. It is located south of the Greater Durban Metro. Its main town is Scottburgh. [14]

Hibiscus CoastEdit

Hibiscus Coast also known as the Lower South Coast stretches from Hibberdene in the north to Port Edward in the south and Izinqolweni in the west. Hibiscus Coast is the ultimate economy booster of the South Coast due its location and as well as being home to the South Coast 's economic hub, Port Shepstone. It is known as the 'beach holiday mecca' of KwaZulu-Natal[15] and is known for its 'unending' Hibiscus trees found along the coast.[16]

Harding and SurroundsEdit

Harding is a small town located halfway between Port Shepstone and Kokstad in Griqualand East. It is famous for its sawmills in the Weza area and the Ingeli Forest. [17]

FacilitiesEdit

The KZN South Coast has nine hospitals.

Public HospitalsEdit

Private HospitalsEdit

GolfingEdit

The South Coast has more golf courses than any other section of South Africa, many of them top are 18-hole courses and are in the country's top 100 courses. They include: [29]

  • Harding Golf Club
  • Hibberdene Golf Club
  • Margate Country Club
  • Port Edward Country Club
  • Port Shepstone Country Club
  • San Lameer Golf Course, Southbroom
  • Scottburgh Golf Club
  • Selborne Golf Club, Pennington
  • Southbroom Golf Club
  • Umdoni Golf Club, Pennington

TourismEdit

The coast is rich in terms of attractions and tourism contributes largely to the region's economy.

TownsEdit

The main towns or places in the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast includes: [31]

TransportEdit

RoadEdit

The region is connected by the N2, R61 and the R102.

- The N2 connects to Durban, Richards Bay and Ermelo to the north and Mthatha, Buffalo City, Port Elizabeth, Garden Route and Cape Town to the south.

- The R61 connects to Mthatha, Graaf-Reinet and Beaufort West.

- The R102 connects to Durban, KwaDukuza and Empangeni.

The N2 runs parallel on the coast from Port Shepstone and northwards and inland from Port Shepstone to Kokstad and southwards to Cape Town. The largest traffic volumes pass along the N2 towards Port Shepstone, and further towards Kokstad, as well as the R61 from Port Shepstone towards Port Edward. Large volumes of traffic also pass along the R612 from Park Rynie to Ixopo, and the road from Umtentweni to St Faith’s.

The South Coast has its own toll route called the "South Coast Toll Road" which is situated on the N2 between "Durban South" and Southbroom. It includes three toll plazas:[32]

An alternative route to the toll road (N2) when going north to Durban is the R102 from Port Shepstone.

AirEdit

The South Coast is served by Margate Airport which currently has flights to Johannesburg operated by CemAir.[33][34] A larger alternative is King Shaka International Airport, north of Durban which has flights to other domestic destinations as well as international destinations such as Doha, Dubai, Gaborone, Istanbul, London, Lusaka, Maputo, Mauritius and Windhoek.

MediaEdit

The newspapers in the KZN South Coast are the South Coast Herald,[35] South Coast Fever [36] and South Coast Sun.[37] In terms of radio, East Coast Radio and Ukhozi FM are the main radio stations mainly serving the whole province of KwaZulu-Natal.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.sa-venues.com/maps/kwazulunatal_southcoast.htm
  2. ^ https://www.zulu.org.za/destinations/south-coast/umdoni-coast-country
  3. ^ https://municipalities.co.za/demographic/119/ugu-district-municipality
  4. ^ https://municipalities.co.za/contacts/119/ugu-district-municipality
  5. ^ https://www.tourismsouthcoast.co.za
  6. ^ http://www.kznonline.gov.za/index.php/umdoni-local-municipality
  7. ^ https://municipalities.co.za/overview/1081/umdoni-local-municipality
  8. ^ http://www.kznonline.gov.za/index.php/ray-nkonyeni-local-municipality
  9. ^ https://municipalities.co.za/overview/1080/ray-nkonyeni-local-municipality
  10. ^ http://www.kznonline.gov.za/index.php/umzumbe-local-municipality
  11. ^ http://www.umuziwabantu.gov.za
  12. ^ http://www.kznonline.gov.za/index.php/umuziwabantu-local-municipality
  13. ^ "Destinations - South Coast". www.zulu.org.za.
  14. ^ "South Coast - Umdoni Coast & Country". www.zulu.org.za.
  15. ^ "South Coast - Hibiscus Coast". www.zulu.org.za.
  16. ^ https://municipalities.co.za/overview/119/ugu-district-municipality
  17. ^ "South Coast - Harding & Surrounds". www.zulu.org.za.
  18. ^ "Dunstan Farell hospital". www.kznhealth.gov.za.
  19. ^ "G.J. Crookes Provincial Hospital". www.kznhealth.gov.za.
  20. ^ "Murchison Provincial Hospital". www.kznhealth.gov.za.
  21. ^ "Port Shepstone Provincial Hospital". www.kznhealth.gov.za.
  22. ^ "St Andrews Provinical Hospital". www.kznhealth.gov.za.
  23. ^ "G M Seaview Hospital". g-m-seaview-hospital.business.site.
  24. ^ "Hibiscus Private Hospital". TravelGround.
  25. ^ HxhiuRic3. "Welcome to Hibiscus Hospital". Hibiscus Hospitals.
  26. ^ "Netcare Linkwood Hospital". Netcarehospitals.co.za. 2017-10-16. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  27. ^ "Home". Shelly Beach Hospital.
  28. ^ Shelly Beach Hospital. "Shelly Beach Hospital". Yellow Pages. Retrieved 2019-06-11.
  29. ^ http://www.thegolfcoast.co.za
  30. ^ "Page 7 Things To Do in South Coast". www.sa-venues.com.
  31. ^ https://municipalities.co.za/overview/119/ugu-district-municipality
  32. ^ http://www.foresightpublications.co.za/TollroadsN2.html
  33. ^ http://bookings.flycemair.co.za/vars/public/b/FlightCal.aspx?VarsSessionID=d5a03171-ecfe-432d-8ec7-ecb4b6db12ad
  34. ^ https://www.businesstravellerafrica.co.za/cemair-resumes-flights/
  35. ^ "South Coast Herald". South Coast Herald.
  36. ^ "South Coast Fever". www.facebook.com.
  37. ^ "South Coast Sun". South Coast Sun.

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