Development Update

Development Update

Support to Crafters

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We continue to support the rural sector’s inclusion in the mainstream tourism economy by developing platforms and business connections for SMMEs such as those between crafters and shop owners. We facilitate these arrangements and, to date, crafters have displayed their products at 12 KZN South Coast establishments with a significant tourist footprint. Be sure to support the #buylocal campaign at the following establishments:

  • All Sorts Shop in Umdoni
  • Berry Crafty, Mattison Square in Port Edward
  • Bucks Farm Stall in Trafalgar
  • Carousel Holiday Resort in Hibberdene
  • Country Friends Arts, Crafts & Gift Shop in Scottburgh
  • Kapenta Bay Resort and Conference Hotel in Port Shepstone
  • Mac Valley in Oribi Gorge
  • Pure Venom in Izotsha
  • Riverbend Crocodile Farm in Southbroom
  • Sugar Beach Resort in Elysium
  • Wild Curio Shop at Wild5 Adventures in Oribi Gorge
  • Zuider Fashion Boutique in Margate


By connecting local businesses, we’re creating a more self-reliant economy with the many benefits embodied within our #buylocal campaign.

We recently connected the owners of Southport-based BBS Farm with Carousel Holiday Resort and Coffee Shop in Hibberdene. The female-owned BBS Farm, which supplies high-quality, fresh produce locally and abroad, is entering an agreement with the resort to supply locally-grown produce.

Through another SCTIE initiative, BBS also forms part of the Agritourism experiences giving tours of the farm and its great facilities.

Youth Development and Support

Employment opportunities among the youth remain a priority. We appointed One Way Productions to run the Spring Programme activations within the KZN South Coast, where 10 youth were given temporary employment. For the Summer Programme activations, a total of 35 youngsters were employed throughout the region.

Product Development

We were fortunate to be involved in some of the planning for the 2022 National Youth Camp held on 8 December 2022. This was organised by The Department of Sport, Art and Culture in partnership with the National Youth Agency as a career exhibition and awareness opportunity, hosted at Kinderstrand Adventures in Glenmore.

We recommended that the KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trails form part of the community outreach programme, held on 9 December 2022. The day started with a visit to Khayalethu Home of Love and Care at KwaNzimakwe where cleaning equipment, pre-loved clothes, and nappies were donated by the department, and a mural was painted by the youth. The group also visited Msenti Academy which received cleaning and sports equipment, with the youth assisting in cleaning and beautifying the space.

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