Pietermaritzburg: CBD offers good roads, nearby labour and public transport
Rapid integrated public transport system
The city is currently developing a bus rapid public transport system in which the initial phase builds up an east-west corridor from Edendale to Northdale. The route traverses the CBD along Church Street. There is also an established minibus taxi service throughout the city.
Pietermaritzburg is on the N3 national freeway, with the port of Durban around 90km east and the country’s economic heartland in Gauteng heading inland. This places the city within easy reach of national and international markets.
The numerous townships and informal settlements within easy access of the city centre attest to the availability of unskilled and semi-skilled labour, while Pietermaritzburg as a university town has a wide range of skilled and managerial level residents.
High traffic density
Central business districts typically attract vast volumes of commuter traffic, both on foot and via private transport. This enables businesses to draw in passing trade, whether they are a national retailer or a small operation.