uMlazi Light Manufacturing Park Project
Lindon Corporation undertook and pre-feasibility study on the establishment of a light manufacturing park in uMlazi, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal to support emerging and informal manufacturers with business services and secure space.
The study assessed the current informal light manufacturing sector of uMlazi and its impact in the local economy, the market demand for industrial space, site options for the proposed new industrial park, the optimum site layout, infrastructure requirements, financial performance of the industrial park and the funding requirements.
The outcome of the study was that a light manufacturing park targeting small informal manufacturing enterprises was not viable as the costs would be unaffordable to the target market. However, with free acquisition of the land combined with a development grant and rental subsidy, the park would be able to cater for these emerging manufacturing enterprises.
It was recommended that the Project Promoter secure the preferred site and the development grant for the project as the next steps.