Government Infrastructure Projects are set to boost economy and have so far created job opportunities to the people of the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality. There have been at least five huge government infrastructure projects which are said to be around R400 million that kicked off last year around the Port Shepstone area, namely; Port Shepstone Maritime Museum, Port Shepstone Library, Department of Education Offices, construction of the Merlewood Primary School and Justice Park. All the four projects bearers’ similar positive spin-offs as follows:
• Job creation,
• Tourism benefits
• Possible investment opportunities and
• Skills transfer to the people of the area
Below is the summary of the three of the five projects:

Port Shepstone Library
Port Shepstone Library shares a building with the famous Civic Centre and is now being upgraded to a three (3) storey modern building.   At this point in time it can be confirmed that the project duration is twenty (20) months which its completion is expected at the end of February 2018.
This building structure is expected to attract about 5 000 enrolled members as compared to the 3 851 current members. This number does not include the users who are non-members and however the users are expected to increase due to the mobile device area known as the ‘’Wifi hot spot’’ which will be the one of the pulling factor to the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality youth users. This facility will have two (2) group activities rooms, educational toy section, gaming room with PlayStation, group discussions room and covered out-door area.
Unique feature of this facility is the fully fledged Cyber Café which will also have a special needs area that will house computers for the partially and blind people. It can also be confirmed that the parking areas will also be available to accommodate the users of the Library and the Port Shepstone Civic Centre.
The budget for the new look Port Shepstone Library is R53 million.
Port Shepstone Justice Park
This project came about due to a dire need for a new Magistrate Court Complex in Port Shepstone to address the issue of insufficient offices for prosecutors, number of Court rooms and security measures. According to the Project Managers, the complex will have 19 offices and 16 Courts to be divided into three main components; namely, an Administration Section, Main Court Complex and a Prisoners’ Section.
There will also be a high level of security as well as parking for 255 vehicles. In addition this project will:
o address the social facilities needs of the people of Port Shepstone
o promote an attractive and crime -free regional capital
o create an enabling environment for a sustainable development
o ensure that the project includes the provisions for EPWP incentives and youth development
o promote the use of local labour
o will generate income for the municipality in the form of the consumption of electricity, water and rates
This project is estimated to be just over R285 million
Port Shepstone Museum
South Coast prides itself with this project due to its uniqueness as it is located at the Port Shepstone Beach. It will not bring life to the town only but it will also bring a facelift to the Port Shepstone coast belt/beach area as well. Its location is also strategic as it near the famous Kapenta Bay Hotel.
Completion of this of this R17.3 million project is expected before the end of this year.
The facility will have an Amphitheatre which will serve as a viewing area with a big screen and will accommodate about 50-60 people. The main exhibition area is triple the size of the previous one and is backed by the three (3) archive store rooms. Other features in this Maritime Museum are the disabled ablutions, boardroom with recording speakers, two offices, 11 Surveillance Cameras and the beautiful cleaner’s room.
Other developments
The other noticeable development in this precinct of Port Shepstone is Office Development of which the Port Shepstone District Department of Education will lease to own.
There is also construction of the proper structure of the long waited Merlewood Primary School within the Port Shepstone precinct of which it is just over R31 million.
It is no doubt that these developments coupled with any other developments which may be coming as a result of the Public Private Partnership or by private developers will surely create employment opportunities to the people of South Coat of which this has been one of the triple challenges not only affecting South Coast but the whole of South Africa.
For more information contact:
Simon M April
Senior Manager: Mayoralty and Communications
Ray Nkonyeni Municipality
10 Connor Street
Box 5
Port Shepstone
+27 39 688 2056
+27 72 057 5387
+27 86 529 7121 /