KZN Northern Growth Corridor has been saved
KZN Northern Growth Corridor
Unlocking eco-friendly growth
KwaZulu-Natal’s Northern Growth Corridor is one of South Africa’s fastest growing development nodes, but it is also vulnerable to constraints in utility supplies, infrastructure backlogs and planning delays. A proactive approach by developers could avoid bottlenecks and see their projects break ground sooner.
KwaZulu-Natal’s Northern Growth Corridor is one of South Africa’s fastest growing development nodes, but it is also vulnerable to constraints in utility supplies, infrastructure backlogs and planning delays. Deloitte believes that instead of bemoaning the delay of provincial and local authorities when it comes to approving developments, the private sector could speed up the process by building in energy and water saving mechanisms from the outset.
The logic is simple - developments that are more efficient and self-sufficient and use less water and electricity are likely to secure approvals first.
Smarter planning of developments that use less water and electricity could free up capacity for other developments, accelerating economic development in the region to the benefit of all.
Developers need to consider:
- building energy saving costs into their plans for utilities such as electricity and water
- building on land which has been identified by the city as a development node where utilities are already on service.
On an even bigger scale, smart planning can minimise reliance on precious resources at major industrial installations. In addition to simply saving water and energy, the private sector can work with government and synchronise development to better utilise and optimise the infrastructure that is already in place.
In order to encourage developers to focus on available serviced land, the eThekwini municipality has appointed a city planning commission to look at both the approval process and incentive packages for both local and international investors.
The onus is on the private sector to work with government to streamlining development in priority areas where precious water and energy resources can be managed to the benefit of all.