Rainmaker Marketing is a strong advocate for KwaZulu-Natal and the potential it has to develop and flourish into a leading South African region. It would be naïve to think that KwaZulu-Natal as a province does not face real challenges. The region has experienced civil unrest and looting, extreme flooding, and water sanitation issues over the last two years. Despite these challenges, they do not define what KwaZulu-Natal is, because, through all of this, we are seeing extensive investment being pumped into the region.
Amid the challenges, Rainmaker Marketing is driving an honest dialogue with key developers and investors from across South Africa. These conversations will focus on KwaZulu-Natal’s differentiators in targeted locations within the region. There is no doubt that KwaZulu-Natal’s most prominent leaders in business offer a resounding message of hope and optimism. They believe that this province can and will thrive and that people can once again be able to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the region, while also having access to economic opportunities that enable personal and professional growth. KwaZulu-Natal is destined to be a place where communities are safe, diverse, and inclusive, where people can come together to work towards a common goal.
There are so many positive stories to tell and through this series, KZN Comeback will focus on stories around these questions:
– What is the differentiator for the province?
– What current and future investment is happening in the province?
– What positives do we continue to see for the province?
– What makes investors, businesses and developers passionate about the KwaZulu-Natal area?
When we look at the macro picture, investment locations within KwaZulu-Natal are years ahead of any other province in the country when it comes to the fruits of visionary town planning. In the overall future designs, we are seeing privately managed and secured precincts that are delivering significant pockets of excellence and enviable lifestyles.
This is largely attributed to the private sector’s continued and progressive approach to urban planning. We are looking at changing the property conversation and creating 15-minute neighbourhoods. The private sector has also found a sweet spot in strategically collaborating with the city, which has resulted in highly sought-after privately managed precincts, both with open access and gated communities, at a scale where no other region in the country has been able to replicate.
We tend to forget that KwaZulu-Natal has more good stories than bad. Through our interviews, we hope to highlight how this unique region has unlocked job and development opportunities for growth. KZN Comeback will remind us to look at what we still have; an enviable location along the coast, just hours away from the Midlands and the mountains, green terrain and a year-round warm climate.
The variety of landscapes provides different experiences for all, from hiking and mountain biking in the mountains to game drives and wildlife viewing in the bush, to swimming and water sports at the beach. The combination of these environments can also create unique ecosystems and wildlife, making it an even more attractive destination for eco-tourists. Having access to the berg, bush, and beach can be a major drawcard for tourists and contribute to the overall success of a country’s tourism industry.
KwaZulu-Natal residents remain positive and eager to create change. It is these positive, passionate people of this province who will drive progress, recovery, and ultimate success. Like we have seen time and again, the ’KwaZilliance’ of the people ensure this region will come back stronger. For KwaZulu-Natal to truly thrive, it must be a place where all people, regardless of background or circumstance, have the opportunity to reach their full potential. In these spaces, the value proposition lies in relationship dynamics and cultural heritage.
One solution will not fit all, and developers, landscapers, architects, urban planners and associations are listening to their unique location markets. As a result, they are working on delivering ideas and concepts that will change the way people live and engage with one another. From the North Coast, which is flourishing, to brand new projects in the highway area, KZN’s development is an exciting prospect.
Key insights from our captains of industry reveal why they are so inspired about the future in KwaZulu-Natal. Plans for road infrastructure that will alleviate traffic and remove trucks from major freeways at peak hours are in the works. We are seeing the private sector, municipalities and people use their initiative and power to build diverse and vibrant spaces for communities.
Each endeavour we make will add up to an overall and resounding province of excellence.