Durbanites know Sibaya as a kitsch casino en route to King Shaka International Airport.
Well, that’s all going to change.
Actually, without being too dramatic, Sibaya is going to redefine the face of eThekwini as the city’s next property mega project.
And we’re not talking about the casino here, but the huge swathes of sugar cane land around it, owned b Tongaat Hulett Developments (THD).
THD is the successful subsidiary of the sugar and agri-processing company that is part of the DNA of KwaZulu-Natal.
It announced last week it was starting phase one of a 15-20 year project.
Sibaya Coastal Precinct is located between the Ohlanga and uMdloti river estuaries.
It incorporates 6,5km of coastline and 1000ha of land and will be the biggest development THD has ever undertaken.
Compare that with what THD has done to date, creating uMhlanga New Town, Ridgeside, Mount Edgecombe, Cornubia and Zimbali, which are collectively 2500ha.
Planning for Sibaya (which means kraal in Zulu), has been a decade underway.
Once complete, Sibaya will have 2325 residences, retirement homes, hundreds of shops and offices and medical and educational facilities.
THD says it will create 25 000 new jobs.
Sibaya is strategically located, 4kms from Umhlanga, 10km from the airport and 23km from the CBD.
Green is in vogue, but Sibaya’s urban designers are punting the area’s natural heritage big time.
Their glossy marketing brochures speak of being “connected to the city but surrounded by nature”. And, with THD’s successfully, ecologically conscious track record, there’s no reason to disbelieve them.
There will be seven nodes at Sibaya and planning approvals for two nodes have already been granted.
All of it, THD promises, will be aimed at capitalizing on green corridors through natural forests, boasting hilltop vistas and boardwalks to the sea.
Rory Wilkinson, THD’s Planning Director of Sibaya, said: “The expanse of forest, sea and open space means Sibaya will ultimately add a valuable green asset to the greater Durban experience and provide access to a stretch of previously inaccessible coastline. We are taking an extremely robust approach to ensuring we both protect and enhance this area, while giving people access to a carefully managed natural experience.”
This green space will include the existing Hawaan Forest, the only significant coastal dune forest in KZN outside of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
Sibaya in numbers
- It is 10km from King Shaka International Airport;
- 4km from uMhlanga Rocks;
- and 23km from the Durban CBD.
- The development spans over 1 000ha and 60% will be left as green space.
- The development is split into 7 nodes, each with their own character.
- It will be home to 2,325 residential units units.
- There will be 100,000m2 of commercial bulk for businesses.
- There will be 75km of paths, cycle lanes, hiking trails and boardwalks to the beach.
- There is 6.5km of coastline.
- Sibaya will create more than 25,000 permanent jobs.