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Use found for Durban airport

2011-02-22 16:44

Pietermaritzburg - The KwaZulu-Natal government fully supports the use of the old Durban International Airport site for the development of a dug-out port and a petro-chemical hub, Premier Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday.

"There is a need to utilise the site to expand capacity of the Durban port," Mkhize said in his state of the province address.

The old Durban International Airport was decommissioned in May when the new King Shaka International Airport was opened and questions have arisen over the use of the old airport’s site.

Mkhize said the petro-chemical hub would be a logical expansion of existing facilities, such as the oil refineries.

"A full report on the progress of this matter will be presented by the steering committee to the political principals at the end of February," he said.

KwaZulu-Natal needed the investment to create jobs and grow the economy, the premier said.

Mkhize said the rest of the property would be made available for the long-planned expansion of the automotive supplier park to produce vehicle components.

"This necessitates a reconfiguration of the car terminal at the port "another opportunity for investment", he said.
 

Comments
  • alun.cuff - 2011-02-22 16:58

    Put a toll gate on the runway

  • durbsviking - 2011-02-22 17:06

    Poor buggers that live in the Durban South Basin. Just when they thought they had got rid of one polluter in air travel they look to inherit the whole schebang with more petrochemicals. They live in a chemical soup that has been proved to cause cancer, and there is no reprieve.

      JCTF - 2011-02-22 17:26

      Yeah, aviation causes soooo much pollution doesn't it.

      JCTF - 2011-02-22 17:26

      Yeah, aviation causes soooo much pollution doesn't it.

      Madelane - 2011-02-22 18:32

      @JCTF....if you meant to be facetious with your comment perhaps you should delve into some old news when that volcano blew in Iceland and planes where grounded. Reports of clear skies over Heathrow and many othe airports that promptly were smothered in haze when the planes started flying again.....planes are serious polluters actually.

      Madelane - 2011-02-22 18:32

      @JCTF....if you meant to be facetious with your comment perhaps you should delve into some old news when that volcano blew in Iceland and planes where grounded. Reports of clear skies over Heathrow and many othe airports that promptly were smothered in haze when the planes started flying again.....planes are serious polluters actually.

  • JCTF - 2011-02-22 17:22

    In my dreams, the old airport was simply converted to a general aviation airport to relieve pressure on Virginia. But no :(

      roadvark - 2011-02-22 21:03

      Yes, I thought Kulula wanted it but of course that would give the SAA some unwelcome competition. They cannot beat it by better service so they stifle it.

  • Madelane - 2011-02-22 18:34

    Indeed encourage investment left right and center while your buddy Malema insists on nationalisation.....can these politicians not make the connection?

  • Grant - 2011-02-22 19:09

    Should've made it into a remote-control-car racing zone :D

      twolips - 2011-02-22 20:03

      Or a model airplane flying area!

      twolips - 2011-02-22 20:03

      Or a model airplane flying area!

  • ? - 2011-02-22 19:44

    Its a pity about the new plans.One would have thought that they could have relocated all the Indians to the old Durban airport,and then hand the rest of Natal back to the Zulus.

      roadvark - 2011-02-22 21:04

      What planet are you from?

  • Monde - 2011-02-23 07:58

    how bout building rdp houses???

  • A THEIST - 2011-03-02 07:37

    Environmental iSSUES

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