Zululand Observer - Weekender

City continues process for Bay airport relocation

- Gugu Myeni

THE uMhlathuze Municipali­ty has opened the tender process to conduct a feasibilit­y study for the proposed relocation of the Richards Bay Airport.

The process seeks to appoint a qualified candidate to begin a fully-fledged investigat­ion into the relocation.

A pre-feasibilit­y study has been conducted, which looked into the tenure, economic imperative­s, spatial and land use considerat­ions and environmen­tal risks.

‘It provided guidance regarding the required statutory procedures and further studies that would need to be attended to in the near future,’ the municipali­ty said in a statement, noting that failure to attend to the statutory procedures and further studies timeously could create a project risk.

‘Some of the specific statutory procedures relate to the release of land for non-agricultur­al use,’ the city said.

In 2017, the municipali­ty’s head of economic developmen­t facilitati­on, Simphiwe Morajane, said as other major cities in the country and internatio­nally, the municipali­ty also aspired to building an ‘airport city’.

He said where the airport is currently situated is limiting in terms of developmen­t.

The proposed relocation site is near the N2 between Empangeni and eNseleni.

The city said the project aims to align with the national developmen­t plan, the Richards Bay Industrial Developmen­t Zone’s 50-year plan and the Port of Richards Bay’s expansion.

It will also accommodat­e future additional airlines.

 ??  ?? The current Richards Bay Airport site is not deemed suitable for future developmen­ts
The current Richards Bay Airport site is not deemed suitable for future developmen­ts

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