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Mixed-use node, close to the N2, Richards Bay, Durban, offers retail, office and industrial accommodation

Quality Cars

Originally a small-scale operation based in Pietermaritzburg, Quality Cars has evolved into a premier new and pre-owned dealership. The company has branches in Empangeni, Richards Bay and Eshowe, with the Empangeni head office incorporating a 3000m² used-car showroom.

Hlanganani CompuTech College

Trading as Metro CompuTech College, this private college was established in 1992. As well as the head office in Empangeni Rail in Tanner Road, Metro CompuTech College has branches in Eshowe and Jozini. It is committed to providing information technology solutions through computer training.

Capital Décor

An extension of the one-stop décor shop in Durban, Capital Décor handles residential, corporate, commercial and medical interiors to offer leading trends at affordable prices.

Metrofile

Global records and information management specialist Metrofile has a significant presence in the area. Picture: Terry Haywood Photography

JSE-listed international group Metrofile is a records and information management specialist which provides complete information management solutions. The company, which bridges the gap between physical storage and new digital platforms, has operations in South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Zambia and the Middle East.

Strategic location, great openings 

One of the older buildings in the area houses a variety of businesses. Picture: Terry Haywood Photography

Accessibility

Empangeni is about 5km from the N2 national freeway, 165km north of Durban and a near neighbour to Richards Bay. The upgrades to the John Ross Highway linking the two towns and the N2 have boosted accessibility into both towns, while King Shaka International Airport and Dube TradePort are fewer than two hours’ travel away for tourism and trade-related requirements.

Tourism opportunities

Empangeni is considered one of the gateways to Zululand and the game parks. This offers investors opportunities for building tourismbased businesses, ranging from restaurants, hotels and smaller accommodation options to speciality tour requirements.

Construction and renovations reflect business interest in the neighbourhood. Picture: Terry Haywood Photography

Labour

The reality of a struggling economy is the availability of labour across the board. The high unemployment rate means investors can secure employees, from unskilled to semi-skilled and skilled, with relative ease.

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