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Umlazi: Investing in an area with ready-made market

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Umlazi: Investing in an area with ready-made market

Access to market 

Home to more than 500 000 people, formal and informal businesses have access to a ready-made market. 

Transport routes 

Well-established transport infrastructure means access into and out of Umlazi is relatively simple. This includes private vehicles, taxis and rail, with the township located close to the N2 south of Durban. 

Numerous social messages are displayed as wall murals, both informing the community and adding vibrancy and colour to the landscape. Picture: Terry Haywood Photography

Social investment 

Structural inequalities that previously prevented commercial development within townships meant local capital was never reinvested into communities for social and economic upliftment. 

Establishing and operating a business in Umlazi ensures money earned in the community (or from work found elsewhere in the city) can be spent locally. 


The reality of high unemployment and low skills levels means there is an abundance of vailable labour from which new investors can draw when establishing a business. Live Work Play Township life promises an opportunity to live, work and play within the same neighbourhood. Umlazi’s sheer size and expanse makes this a reality.

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