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Old February 2nd, 2010, 12:38 PM   #101
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I like the surfwear touch with the clothing tenant mix... Nice Durbanesque touch to KSIA!
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 02:28 PM   #102
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dude u have to have your boardies for Durbs, maybe they should offer rentals...lol
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 03:11 PM   #103
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What were you expecting?

I think finding the likes of Quiksilver, Roxy, Jeep, NewsCafe, Cape Town Fishmarket (Sushi at the airport in SA FINALLY!!), Cube bar (which is a new concept by the owners of Cuba lounge in Umhlanga), NWJ, Stables wine estate, a nail and hair salon and a Nike concept store are out of the ordinary for SA domestic airports and is alot better range than i have found on most of my airport travels.
I guess everything else about this airport has just been so impressive that my expectations were a tad high. Was just hoping for more "new" shops and surprised there's no electronic/photographic store. Hope Cuba lounge does do well - non chain stores do seem to struggle at airports. That and the Nike and Stables stores are the highlights for me. Nice selection of coffee shops so at least I won't have to go anywhere near the Spur!
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 03:16 PM   #104
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Stables will be a store and Wine Bar...
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 04:07 PM   #105
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A bit disappointing really. Pretty much standard domesitc airport fare.
but like 10000% better than current airport. Not imptressed but not disapointed either. At least there is a strong F&B offer and me thinks there are more there than at CT ?

Signs of future traffic numbers neededing all these outlets
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Old February 2nd, 2010, 10:35 PM   #106
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Date: 02 Feb 2010

Title: New airport named King Shaka International

By Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - The new La Mercy airport, north of Durban, has officially been named King Shaka International Airport.

After a series of public consultations with relevant stakeholders, the KwaZulu-Natal Government submitted the name to the South African Geographical Names Council.

On Tuesday, Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana approved the airport's proposed name. The airport is expected to be ready for operation in May this year.

Xingwana also approved the renaming of Piet Retief in Mpumalanga to eMkhondo as well as the correction of the spellings of some of KwaZulu-Natal's village names.

Due to technical matters identified late last week, Xingwana has retracted the registration of the Tshwane municipal council name as a geographical feature.

The Ministry has instructed officials to do more work on the matter.

"As government we believe geographical name standardisation is at the heart of our social cohesion project," she said. - BuaNews



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Old February 3rd, 2010, 09:20 AM   #107
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Just heard the Richard Branson spent the weekend with one of the directors of MTN at his private game lodge. Could somethig be happening?
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 10:07 AM   #108
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whats that got to do with the airport?
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 10:48 AM   #109
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Is milky lane popular in DBN?
are you for real? its always hot in Durbs, perfect weather for Ice Cream
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 10:50 AM   #110
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Thanks for the pic's Ron, they're awesome and the place is looking great. Still keen for a site tour, but not just stand from the visitors center!
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 11:41 AM   #111
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Pretoria - The new La Mercy airport, north of Durban, has officially been named King Shaka International Airport.
http://www.buanews.gov.za/news/10/10020213151001
I motion to rename ORTIA to Jan Smuts International. It was Smuts' land after all... (that great thorny "land" issue)

If you consider the two though, Shaka was pretty much on the B-circuit. Sure, his imperialism drove many nations out of the KZN area and he united a bunch of people (possibly largelly because is they didn't join him they'd be killed or forced to move), but this only really extended to southern/central Africa. Smuts was on the A-curcuit, helping set up the UN. So, Smuts: puts SA on the international map; Shaka: drives people out of SA.

Hmmm... spose we could keep Durban a *regional* airport then since Shaka wasn't exactly an internationalist.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 12:09 PM   #112
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Nice insight... But thought King Shaka a really apt name... although his method was "less-than-orthodox," he was instrumental in creating the Zulu nation.

I was disappointed the ANC was so mean-spirited to wipe much of Jan Smuts off the SA map and deny his contributions to history; he was after all ousted from power by the NATS because he was too liberal and reformist; he was actually way back when, already taking steps to democratize and integrate SA (albeit slowly; but back in those days, the USA hadn't even reached the "civil rights crisis" yet).

He was instrumental in creating both the League of Nations and the United Nations, but because he was Afrikaans, he's an "enemy" of the new South Africa? He was the last "pale-male" Prime Minister before that NATS took over and started implementing the legal framework of Apartheid! Know my "South African grandfather" went ape-shit when power changed hands from Jan Smuts... My "Afrikaans adoptive family" was heavily anti-NAT, even way back then.

Sad really that we forget History so quick and lump all into one pot, because they may look the same.

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Old February 3rd, 2010, 12:30 PM   #113
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there is a great statue of Jan Christian Smuts in London where is is well respected for his role in WW11 and as annman said the formation of the league of nations.

Sad he is being wiped out by Africnisation . thought there was room for all
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 02:59 PM   #114
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Durban's DubeTrade port will not be a white elephant

February 3, 2010

The multi billion-rand Dube TradePort development - which includes the new King Shaka International Airport at La Mercy north of Durban - will not be a white elephant, and those who say it will be need to know the facts before slating the project as a waste of money.

That is the view of Dube TradePort (DTP) boss Rohan Persad and KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development and Tourism MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, speaking to The Mercury this week.

Their comments come in the wake of criticism of the development in recent months after the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) applied to regulators for a 138 percent increase in airport taxes.

Critics - including JSE-listed airline group Comair and the International Air Traffic Association - largely blamed the new airport for the exorbitant hike and questioned the need for the development.

Last week the regulators declined Acsa's application and instead proposed a 59.9 percent increase for 2010 and smaller increases in later years.

Persad said infrastructure projects on the scale of DTP were an investment in the future, with numerous positive economic benefits.

"Decisions on developing major infrastructure projects such as the new airport and trade port are ultimately made by governments. At the end of the day, the government made the decision and it was up to Acsa and DTP to come up with the funding," he said.

"DTP - which is funded by the provincial government - has put about R2 billion into the project. The new King Shaka International Airport is the anchor component of the broader DTP development, but the project is more than just a new international airport. It's a future 'aerotropolis' in the making and world-class trade gateway for KZN and South Africa with the world."

The project comprises: a new international airport catering for 7.5 million passengers a year; a dedicated cargo terminal airfreight facility with a trade zone offering space for value-added logistics and light manufacturing; an agrizone where high-value perishables will be produced for local and international markets; and a support zone accommodating a number of commercial property developments.

Acsa owns and will operate the airport, while DTP is in charge of the cargo terminal and agrizone.

Last year DTP appointed leading French-based global airport operators World Flight Services to run the cargo terminal.

A joint venture company has been set up between DTP and Acsa to develop the support zone, but DTP is spearheading the development.

Addressing questions about the timing and cost of the development, Persad said: "It is unfortunate that some people have been saying this will be a white elephant without realising this is much more than just a new hi-tech airport. It is a major infrastructural project involving about R8 billion that will have significant growth spin-offs over decades."

"Opening a significant infrastructure project like this, just out of a recession, could give the economy a well-timed boost to enhance our trade competitiveness and export potential."

"If the airport and trade port were built only in 2015 or 2017, they would surely have cost more than three times what is being spent now. It is a worthy long-term investment and is well positioned to take advantage of the new global economic growth powerhouses of China and India."

Mabuyakhulu said: "Far from being a white elephant, we believe the building of the airport and trade port heralds a new economic chapter of prosperity and growth for the province of KwaZulu-Natal."

"Not only will the airport help put the province on a new economic footing, but it is the biggest single investment undertaken here and will change the economic landscape with a cascade effect throughout South Africa."

Mabuyakhulu said the airport would help boost the province as more international airlines would be able to fly in directly.

"It must be borne in mind that the DTP is not only about the airport, but it is also about a cargo airport facility, a trade zone, an agrizone and a future cyberport. All these facilities will boost the province's global competitiveness and have a domino effect in terms of stimulating growth and creating employment."

Persad said the project would give KZN two valuable development nodes: the greenfields airport project in the north and the Durban International Airport site freed for development.

"That's arguably South Africa's most valuable piece of industrial land in the heart of the South Durban Industrial Basin. It was a matter of time before the Durban airport would have had to move. Where in the world will you find an airport so close to major oil refineries and on a former wetland near a massive harbour?" he said.


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Old February 3rd, 2010, 05:59 PM   #115
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Construction benefits felt countrywide
February 3, 2010

By SUREN NAIDOO

A study into the impact of construction of the new King Shaka International Airport and Dube TradePort (DTP) has shown that huge economic benefits are being felt not only in KwaZulu-Natal but throughout the country.

Mike Mabuyakhulu, MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, said the study showed that the impact of the project on South Africa’s GDP had been significant, with approximately R8.4 billion generated during the construction phase alone.

The DTP-commissioned study was carried out by Pretoria-based research house IHS Global Insight Southern Africa and published late last year.

“IHS Global Insight was appointed to develop a comprehensive understanding of the economic and socio-economic impact of the construction phase of the DTP project between 2004 and August 2009,” said Mabuyakhulu.

“The study clearly demonstrates that the project has had a major impact on the economy and the creation and retention of employment.”

Rohan Persad, the chief executive officer of DTP, said the study showed that 58 972 jobs had been created countrywide as a result of the development.

Of these, 48 295 had been in KZN and 34 157 in eThekwini.

The proficiency levels were shared among skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled South Africans.

“The study also estimated that had the project not taken place, the average unemployment rate in eThekwini would have been 0.9 percent higher,” said Persad.

“Also the percentage of people continuing to live in poverty in the region would have been 1.4 percent higher."

“It said that approximately R6bn in household income had been generated countrywide as a result of the construction of DTP. Some 26 percent of this amount went to low-income households.”


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Old February 3rd, 2010, 11:01 PM   #116
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PLAYA on e TV will be featuring this airport next week.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 09:35 AM   #117
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Old February 4th, 2010, 09:38 AM   #118
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Looking back on old records BA & SAA carried 140,000-150,000 pax a year from Durban to London. That's around 200 per flight which is a lot considering restrictions on the number of Durban pax per flight and there was the inconvenience of the stop in JNB. My dad had a collegue based in the UK who flew the route almost monthly and he regularly had flights on the LHR-JNB-DUR route where he'd have to disembark at JNB and catch a domestic flight because the DUR segment was "full". Considering the growth on the SA-UK route since then I would think there must certainly be enough demand for a daily flight. Hopefully soon!
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Old February 4th, 2010, 10:56 AM   #119
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well if Virgin do Manchester and SAA use their brains and do Heathrow, hopefully there will be from May. And if a few carriers have "signed" when will they announce?
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Old February 4th, 2010, 01:49 PM   #120
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if they plan to operate to KSIA during 2010, they would have to start making announcements now in order to start selling tickets
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