THE LUBOMBO DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE: ROADS AND GREATER ST LUCIA WETLAND PARK INFRASTRUCTURE

L'INITIATIVE D'AMENAGEMENT DU TERRITOIRE DE LUBUMBO: LES ROUTES ET LES AUTRES INFRASTRUCTURES DU PARC DE GREAT ST LUCIA WETLAND

The South African Departments of Transport and Trade and Industry initiated a Spatial Development Initiatives (SDI) program in 1995 with a goal to unlock economic potential, attract investments, create jobs, and entrepreneurial development in specific areas of South Africa. This paper reviews the Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative (LSDI) in KwaZulu-Natal, an area noted for its rich culture and its natural scenic beauty. Two key sectors have been identified in the case of LSDI to provide anchors for economic development: tourism and agriculture. To open access to the coastal areas and communities and unlock vast tourism and agricultural opportunities, two roads have been identified. A new coastal road, with a construction schedule starting in October 1997 and scheduled for completion in April 2003, and an existing inland Richards Bay-Lavumisa-Namaacha route that has been upgraded as the major road freight and tourist road will form an efficient transportation infrastructure that is crucial to the success of the LSDI. The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park's nomination as a World Heritage Site brought about a commitment from the government for improvement of the Park's infrastructure, including roads, water pipelines, game fencing, hides and jetties. The achievements of the Lubombo SDI are profound. The new road infrastructure has not only provided access to existing or new tourist facilities, but has also enabled local inhabitants more convenient access to workplaces, schools and other facilities.

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    World Road Association (PIARC)

    La Grande Arche, Paroi Nord, Niveau 5
    F-92055 La Defense Cedex,   France 
  • Authors:
    • Cronje, P C
  • Publication Date: 2003-4

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00961497
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 7 2003 12:00AM