THE historic site from which Port Shepstone gets its name is about to receive a much needed facelift and upgrade that will see the entire beach front precinct changed over the next few financial years. The Ray Nkonyeni Municipality said they have already sought the assistance of professional engineers in developing a concept and design for the new-look block area.In addition to completion of the designs, there are also plans to evaluate possible repairs to the once popular fishing pier within the next 10 months. The Fever spoke to Councillor Selvan Chetty, who is also the Chief Whip of the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, under whose jurisdiction this precinct falls. “This project is the beginning of a longer term vision of the political and administrative leadership of the Ray Nkonyeni municipality. “It is part of our 20-year plan for the Lower South Coast to become a destination of choice for investors, tourists and locals. “The Port Shepstone beach front area will see positive changes that will undoubtedly be a catalyst for increased economic activity and investment over the longer term,” said Chetty. A stakeholders meeting was held at the Port Shepstone Civic Centre last Thursday where various interested and affected parties engaged with the consultants and made suggestions on what they felt should be done. At the meeting, fishermen were most pleased to hear that their cries for improvement of the area over the years is now bearing fruit. Deputy Mayor Ronnie Nair and Municipal Manager Mr Max Mbili conducted on-site interviews with fishermen and championed the cause for improving the area. They motivated to council to meet at least some of the basic requests of local fishermen over this financial year.Cllr Chetty said he was confident that council will look positively at strategic partnership proposals with local businesses that may want to participate and contribute towards developing the precinct. “What we need are ideas and investors. Bring your ideas and concepts, share them with our municipality. Our administration is open to engage with people who are serious about development. “The economic potential is enormous. As a municipality we are serious about creating jobs and working together with serious investors. “I am certain that over the next decade the entire beach front precinct will see major changes that people will love,” said Chetty.