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King ShakaKing 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 aKing Shaka International Airport 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.

See photo journal depicted 'Before and After' images with dates recording this unique development.

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 MountKing Shaka International Airport 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 hold.

In 1998 ACSA applied to the North Local Council to zone the la Mercy site
referred to as 'King Shaka Airport' from unzoned to 'Special Zone 10 Airport and undetermined'. Council favourably King Shaka International Airportconsidered 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 globallyKing Shaka International Airport competitive multi-modal trade gateway in Southern Africa.

* International Airport
* Tradeport
* 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.King Shaka International Airport

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 King Shaka International AirportDietes, 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 Wilken