King Shaka International Airport - KSIA - 'History'
The King Shaka International Airport
(KSIA), Durban's aerotropolis situated at
La Mercy on the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, this visionary state-of-the-art development has added
a new and powerful dynamic to the beautiful Dolphin Coast.
The King Shaka International Airport has had an unusual history
before the decision was made to finally commence with construction.
depicted 'Before and After' images with dates recording this unique
Originally the concept of moving the Durban International Airport
to La Mercy was started in the 1970's by the government at that time. Land was expropriated from the farm
La Mercy and townships of Herrwood and Mount Moreland, plans were drawn up to begin this project and the land was
leveled and stormwater drains installed. But the airport construction never materialized at that time and the project was put on
In 1998 ACSA applied to the North Local Council to zone the la
referred to as 'King Shaka Airport' from unzoned to 'Special Zone 10 Airport and undetermined'. Council
favourably considered this amendment to its town planning scheme and adopted this zoning
in terms of section 47bisA(4) of the Town Planning Ordinance, 1949.
In the new millennium a partner ship was formed with ACSA and Dube Tradeport with a
vision and common goal to achieve a first for Durban in the form of an ‘aerotropolis’ the
Dube TradePort and new King Shaka International Airport (KSIA). The purpose to be a catalyst for the
creation of a globally competitive multi-modal trade gateway in Southern Africa.
* International Airport
* Support Zone
* Agri Zone
An extensive E.I.A. process was embarked upon, engaging with all
local and provincial stakeholders, this process for lasted 3 years.
6 June 2007, Airports Company
South Africa (ACSA) reached a significant milestone in the company’s history through the signing of a R6.8bn
contract with the Ilembe Consortium for design and construction of a new airport and Dube TradePort at La Mercy
north of Durban. Developing a new airport is a first for ACSA with the La Mercy project being the biggest the
company has ever embarked upon.
The ROD (Record of Decision) for the construction of the proposed
Dube TradePort – Multi Model Logistics Platform on the Farm La Mercy No. 15124, Durban: KwaZulu-Natal North
Coast was issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism on 28/08/2007. This document authorised
the construction of the proposed development.
The landscaped Gardens and lined verges at the 'Green Field Site'
King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) and Dube Tradeport were constructed using only indigenous
vegetation, and what a beautiful sight it is when in full bloom. Literally thousands of Dietes, sterilizer Regina, oesteospernum and aloes to name a few. The
verges of internal roads transform into mass fields of colour.
The King Shaka International Airport (KSIA)construction cost over 8 billion to complete.
The completion date for the project King Shaka International
Airport was 1 May 2010 in time for the soccer world cup.
Photographs © Angie