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R 120 Million Retail Development For Esikhawini Richards Bay
03 Mar 2008 - eProp - Graham Projects

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A consortium comprised of Graham Projects, ICP Properties and eight Esikhawini shop owners have applied for a DFA re-zoning of a 27500 m2 site to allow construction of a 15000 m2 retail centre at Esikhawini near Richard’s Bay

All the necessary environmental, geotechnical and traffic studies have been completed and, subject to DFA approval, the Developers hope to begin site earthworks in June so that the Esikhawini Plaza can open in June 2009.

Mr. Mike Graham said that there were several factors that gave the Developers the confidence to make this investment in a rural town.

• The Plaza site lies alongside the highly successful Esikhawini Mall which the same development team built in 2004. The Mall has been trading extremely well and the anchor Tenant, a Rencken’s Superspar, was voted South African Spar of the year in 2006. Other National Tenants have reported sales at double their national average sales per square metre.

• Esikhawini is 23 kms from Richards Bay and Empangeni so community members prefer to shop locally.

• The town has high employment at above average income levels. Most of the economically active community members work for the State, or Quasi State Organisations, (Portnet and Transnet) and Multi National Companies like BHP Billiton, Richards Bay Minerals, Ticor, Mondi, Foscor, and Richards Bay Coal Terminal. Most of these Companies work three shifts so there are many well paid people shopping in town during the working day.

• As most of the big Richard’s Bay companies produce commodities the area is well protected against a possible general economic slowdown.

• Relatively few of the upwardly mobile community members leave Esikhawini because houses in the Richards Bay are very expensive due to the scarcity of residential land in a town virtually surrounded by water.

• The Esikhawini Mall Taxi Rank is a regional hub where commuters from the densely populated rural hinterland to the West and South West change taxis on their way to Empangeni and Richards Bay. Many of them now welcome the opportunity to save taxi fares by shopping in Esikhawini.

Mr. Graham said that prospective Tenants were showing unprecedented interest in the Plaza and letters of intent had been received from National Tenants for more than 70 % of the available space. The mix will include a major supermarket, a wide range of fashion and furniture shops and a builder’s merchant. Two Banks will be opening branches and the other Banks will be providing ATM’s. There will also be a bottle store, motor spares, a wide range of smaller shops as well as 400 m2 of office space for Doctors, attorneys and other professionals.

The Plaza will offer a Spur restaurant and a range of fast foods outlets with pavement café type seating which will be welcomed in a densely populated area that lacks these facilities. The restaurant and food shops have been grouped with the ATM’s, video/DVD outlets, hairdressers and other similar shops to create a bright, safe environment for after hours shoppers.

The overall design provides for hawkers stalls and incorporates a new concept of small shops with simple specifications at affordable rents. These are intended to bridge the gap between hawker’s stalls and the full specification shops. The Developers have advertised the opportunity in the local press and have a waiting list of established local entrepreneurs who will have the first option to lease these shops.

The Plaza can be accessed from two sides thus facilitating smooth traffic flows. Provision had been made to add another forty taxi bays to the existing taxi rank on the adjacent property and the City of uMhlathuze will be investing in additional bus stops and traffic calming measures. Trees and benches will be placed in the car parks while children will be able to use a secure play ground.
 

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· Rhino Oil and Gas Explorations South Africa (Pty) Ltd has lodged an application for exploration rights on 10 000 farms from Richmond in the south to Ladysmith and Dundee in the north-west, eastwards of Mooi River and Estcourt. The area includes Tugela Ferry, Kranskop and Nkandla, and extends almost as far as Ulundi. – The initial 3 year roll-out phase will be for exploration only. – Zululand Observer
· R16 million rand investment by Durban-based company, ProStar Export Paints, which will establish a production plant at the RBIDZ site. – Business Day & IOL Business Report
· Byromate, a South African renewable energy company. Byromate will construct and operate a biomass power plant worth R2 billion rand at the RBIDZ site. – Business Day, IOL Business Report & The Zululand Observer
· R4.5 billion rand investment from Nyanza Light Metals, part of the Mauritian-based Arkein International, for a titanium dioxide pigment plant. – Business Day
· Phaka-Sangle Energy Africa, has pledged a R20 million rand investment for a solar water heater manufacturing plant. – Business Day
· Dubai-based Oasis Group plans to invest R40 million rand in a waste oil processing and lubricants plant at the RBIDZ site. – IOL Business Report
· Royal Creek, a R700 million rand, completely new suburb, comprising a proposed 361ha in extent, which is being developed on a large tract of land just north of the Zululand town of Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. – Property 24 & The Zululand Observer
· Sizabantu Piping System (SPS) Manufacturing Plant, which is the first plant to be constructed in the Phase 1A of the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone Company. SPS Manufacturing (Durban-based company) is in a joint venture with Molecor Canalizaciones (Spanish-based company), investing R300 million rand in the project and they are a world leader in PV-O technology development. – Mail & Guardian & The Zululand Observer
· Construction of the R170 million rand Richards Bay Town Square Centre is now underway! Moolman Group together with M&F Giuricich Developments, Rejem and Velvet Moon Property Developments, has acquired a prime site in the CBD of Richards Bay, opposite the Boardwalk Inkwazi Mall. – Sanitech Richards Bay has a presence
· iSimangaliso Wetland Park has kicked into high gear as far as improvements, rebuilds and new visitor facilities are concerned with an ambitious list of conservation and visitor infrastructure projects underway throughout the world heritage site, totalling some R250 million. – iSimangaliso Wetland Park Bulletin/Newsflash
· R70 billion rand to be spent on infrastructure, support, expansion & upgrades at the Port of Richards Bay. – South African Oil & Gas Alliance & The Citizen
o The first is the Port Capacity Expansion Project (formerly ECICS) in the Bayvue precinct
o The second the 500 and 600 series terminal expansion for additional dry bulk
o And the third, the development of a new coal terminal with a capacity of 32 mtpa, as part of the 500 series development
o Other developments will include a ship repair and dry dock facility, and an additional two berth liquid bulk terminal
o In addition to three liquid bulk berths adjacent to RBCT, an LNG facility is proposed on the southern side of the entrance channel.
· The City of uMhlathuze to fast track the implementation of catalyst projects such as the Richards Bay Waterfront Development, an International Convention Centre (ICC), New Airport, Empangeni CBD Revitalisation, Richards Bay CBD South Extension, John Ross Eco Park. – Municipal Focus
· Investors from Brazilian-based company, SilvaPen Group, earmarked a biofuel ethanol plant on the outskirts of Jozini for a R1.5 billion rand project to produce ethanol from the milling and fermentation of cane sugar harvested by small local growers. – The Zululand Observer
· Astrum Energy to establish a R1.2 billion wind farm for power generation outside Empangeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal. – The Mercury
· R700 million rand Waterstone Country/Lifestyle Estate to be situated on Wilton Park Farm between Qalakabusha Prison and Dover Combined School (Empangeni), comprising 450 hectares. Implementing agent is Basil Read Developments. – The Zululand Observer
· A massive 6 000-unit housing project is proposed for Richards Bay, which would bring direct investment of R4 billion rand. The project has been mooted by a high-level consortium consisting of Sappi Southern Africa as the landowners, Mutual Construction Company as the property developers, Lereko Investments as Sappi’s BEE shareholder and AMB Capital Limited, an independent financial services company. – The Zululand Observer
· Construction of services and infrastructure for a housing development North of Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal on Portion 1 of Lot 221 Empangeni No. 10379 called the West View. The site is 90.24ha in extent and the proposed development includes a commercial hub, filling station and residential development. – Leads 2 Business
· The R123 billion rand Phangela Storage Tank Farm, proposed to be built south of Mtunzini and Fairbreeze, will boast a giant liquid bulk facility as well as dedicated marine facilities, reversible pipeline infrastructure, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) re-gasification terminal and two offshore single buoy moorings to accommodate supertankers. – The Citizen & The Zululand Observer
· Green power plant - Fox Petroleum on Thursday morning agreed to invest in a 1500 megawatts gas power plant, using LNG as feedstock, to power the vast operation. – The Citizen & The Zululand Observer
 

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· Kulu Civils has been awarded with a project in Richards Bay Umhlathuze Municipality, to do water pipeline replacement and remedial works at a value of R23 million.
· Upgrade of Medway Road, as part of the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone Phase 1A in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal. CIDB 8: R 40 Million - R 130 Million.
· The resurfacing of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park's roads. Dreykon Klus Civils was awarded the tender and works has commenced. The duration of the project is eight months and the value the value of the contract is R42-million.
· R220m hospital underway in Richards Bay – The John Ross Eco Junction
 

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· R140 million rand Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) replacement plan to begin in the first quarter of 2016. – Source MiningMX & Bloomberg & Vessel Tracker
o Replacing 36-year old heavy machinery at its phase one
o Replacing ship loader, sub-stations and stacker reclaimers as it’s phase two
· Upgrade of Medway Road, as part of the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone Phase 1A in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal.
o Presently out on tender
· New coal terminal – Source The Citizen & The Zululand Observer
o Phase one will utilise 4.7 ha
o phase two will consist of 5.3 ha
· Grindrod to upgrade the magnetite and coal terminal at Richards bay from 3.5M tons per annum to 4.5M tons with plans for further growth to 8M tons and then possibly 20M tons. The initial phase will cost R125 million rand and should be completed at the end of the year. – Source Rennies Ships Agency
· Phangela Holding to establish a R19 billion rand oil hub at Port Durnford some 25Km south of Richards Bay. The plan is to establish a tank farm at Port Durnford which will be fed by two offshore single buoy moorings connected by reversible pipelines. – Source Rennies Ships Agency
· Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), and Rio Tinto-BHP Billiton joint venture, plans to build a large plant with operations expected to start in 2016. – Source Mineweb
 

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Proposed LNG facility...

Bulk operations form the core of the port’s activities and the primary challenge remains to accommodate the growing demand for handling bulk cargoes.

The achievement of this is planned to be through three main expansion projects. The first is the Port Capacity Expansion Project (formerly ECICS) in the Bayvue precinct, the second the 500 and 600 series terminal expansion for additional dry bulk and the third, the development of a new coal terminal with a capacity of 32 mtpa, as part of the 500 series development. Other developments will include a ship repair and dry dock facility, and an additional two berth liquid bulk terminal.

The capacity of the liquid bulk terminal is currently 3,5 million kilolitres and an increase to 5,5 million kilolitres is planned by 2025/26, to meet the mediumterm demand forecast. Liquid bulk volumes are expected to grow from 1,9m to 6,9 million kilolitres over a 30-year period.

In addition to three liquid bulk berths adjacent to RBCT, an LNG facility is proposed on the southern side of the entrance channel.

Richard's Bay currently.



An LNG facility is proposed on the southern side of the entrance channel at the Port of Richards Bay.

 

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City of uMhlathuze to assist growth

· The City of uMhlathuze to fast track the implementation of catalyst projects such as the Richards Bay Waterfront Development, an International Convention Centre (ICC), New Airport and the Empangeni CBD Revitalisation programme.
 

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Meerensee ECO-Estate

· Another exciting development is the Meerensee Eco-estate which would include The Ridge Hotel complex, a Casino Resort and a Retirement Village in the upmarket suburb of Meerensee.
 

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RBIDZ

Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone. It’s one of the most exciting developments that Richards Bay has seen in as many years with a
gas to power Biomass Energy production plant using the waste from harvesting sugar cane.
There’s Nyanza Light Metals, manufacturers of titanium dioxide pigment,
the Oasis Group which specializes in waste oil recycling,
we have Lovemore Brothers, a heavy logistics company,
ProStar Export paints and finally
SPS Manufacturing who are a PVC pipe manufacturer.
 

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CBD Expansion

· Richards Bay Central Business District South Extension, with approximately 30 massive Commercial Sites being made available for development. This is great for the town, as we are finally seeing the local government, being pro-active in providing a platform to stimulate growth.
 

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Biomass Electricity Plant

· BYROMATE (PTY) Ltd t/a as Energuys
o To construct a 65 MW biomass electricity generation plant worth R2-billion in Alton.
 

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New coal terminal on the cards for Richard’s Bay

The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has proposed 10 hectares of an undeveloped area along the harbour arterial road to build the temporary terminal in two phases.

Phase one will utilise 4.7 ha of the plot, and phase two will consist of 5.3 ha adjacent to berth 606.

It is expected to export between four and eight million tons of coal a year.
According to TNPA’s Basic Assessment Report (BAR), the 30m wide berth 606 will be the only operational area to load coal from the facility.

The site is already serviced with rail access via the under-utilised uMhlathuze rail yard. Furthermore, road access to the site, electrical lines, water lines, storm water and sewerage networks will be linked to the existing networks in the port precinct.

Currently, the area is being used to store infill sand heaps from the port-dredging activities, but TNPA plans to push this material to one side to create a wind barrier and reduce wind speeds over the coal stockpiles.
TNPA said its motivation for the project was to increase cargo throughputs for new entry coal exporters.

“Although Richards Bay Coal Terminal’s (RBCT) coal export has a capacity of 91 MTPA, no allocation exists within the current RBCT arrangements to allow for new coal exporters, especially junior miners,” the authority said.
“This project aims to address this, although on a short-term basis. The proposed development of a coal export facility is one of the key strategic business development projects for the Port of Richards Bay.”


An aerial view of the port shows that the proposed terminal will be situated on the far left, behind berth 606.

 

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Bulk operations form the core of the port’s activities and the primary challenge remains to accommodate the growing demand for handling bulk cargoes.

The achievement of this is planned to be through three main expansion projects. The first is the Port Capacity Expansion Project (formerly ECICS) in the Bayvue precinct, the second the 500 and 600 series terminal expansion for additional dry bulk and the third, the development of a new coal terminal with a capacity of 32 mtpa, as part of the 500 series development. Other developments will include a ship repair and dry dock facility, and an additional two berth liquid bulk terminal.

The capacity of the liquid bulk terminal is currently 3,5 million kilolitres and an increase to 5,5 million kilolitres is planned by 2025/26, to meet the mediumterm demand forecast. Liquid bulk volumes are expected to grow from 1,9m to 6,9 million kilolitres over a 30-year period.

In addition to three liquid bulk berths adjacent to RBCT, an LNG facility is proposed on the southern side of the entrance channel.

Richard's Bay currently.



An LNG facility is proposed on the southern side of the entrance channel at the Port of Richards Bay.

What is the height of that LNG facility? It looks massive!
Hope it all goes to plan, will make that part of our coastline look like something out of Norway.
 

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Richards Bay PAST & PRESENT...

I've been in Richards Bay for just over 42 years and it's amazing how much has changed. It's also amazing to think that Richards Bay has only officially been a town for 49 years...

This is before the harbour was built...





...and then it all changed.















The thing about Richards Bay is that it’s more often than not regarded as this sleepy little fishing village, however, as this aerial photograph of the Richards Bay Coal Terminal clearly illustrates, this could not be further from the truth. Amazingly R.B.C.T. is the largest coal export facility in the whole world, exporting more than 74 million tons of coal in 2015 alone.



Here's an excellent link to the creation/construction of the Richards Bay Harbour in the early 70's... Absolutely incredible what 'they' achieved!!! What makes this even more impressive, is that this is almost 40 years before the creation of the Palm Islands of Dubai!!!

http://www.jostimages.com/galerie/harbour-construction/south-africa.html
 

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Excellent developments. KZN has a lot of industrial potential. A crazy thought I had to further industrialise the province is that they should put a nuclear power plant halfway between Durban and Richards Bay. Something 2X as large as Koerberg. That would spur massive industrialisation in the province and also allow large scale desalination.
 

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You would think, with the present water/drought crisis, this method of 'getting' water would have been considered years ago?
I've heard we have enormous amounts of untapped water throughout the Drakensberg and Lesotho, and the only issue is we haven't built pipes to those reserves yet.
 
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