Coasts’ economic outlook concerning

2016-05-12 06:00

I WAS interested to read the articles by both your business reporter and Justin Mackrory of South Coast Tourism in last week’s edition of the Fever.

The property prices and lack of other development in our area are indeed worrying and have been a concern of the KZN South Coast Ratepayers’ and Residents Association since its inception some five years ago.

The latest initiative of this association is to gather hard data from as many sources as possible on what may be the causes of this.

At the moment we are comparing property prices, rate randages, cost of water and sewerage, development costs, and development incentives of Cape Town, Knysna, kwaDukuza (Ballito) and ourselves.

We chose these as being sea-side tourist destinations in the Western Cape, Southern Cape and Northern KZN, and therefore our competitors. We will also show the positive features of our area.

The purpose of this exercise is to gather data to show our good and bad points and then to convene a public meeting, with the municipal officials where the information can be shared, consensus reached on which negative issues must be eliminated and how our positives can be enhanced. We recognise that not all the blame can be laid at the door of the municipalities and that their responsibilities are much broader than the narrow coastal zone. That said, however, it is widely recognised that tourism is our economic engine and it is this, and its by-products, that must provide the jobs we so desperately need.

We would welcome the input and co-operation from all sectors of society.
Olliver Ransome

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