The Director- General of the Department of Cooperative Governance, Ms Avril Williamson, announced the long-term plans for the new coastal city.
The sleepy hollow on the Eastern Cape coast, Port St Johns, will be getting a make-over.
“The PSJ local municipality is in an important position as it is located within the first pilot site launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa – the OR Tambo District Municipality,” stated Williamson.
During the 2019 Budget Speech, President Cyril Ramaphosa initiated the District Development Model. The DDM will attempt to diminish poor service delivery and put an end to poverty, inequality and unemployment.
Williamson is of the opinion that the pristine coastline complemented by fertile land, housing a diverse fauna and flora under state and communal ownership makes Port St Johns ideal. She also pointed to its rich history and heritage.
The district has untapped potential and an unmatched potential for ecotourism, as well as diverse marine biology.
Port St Johns is ideally located between eThekwini and Buffalo City which could be an integral part linking Alexander Bay to Kosi Bay. This will facilitate linkages with inland and other hub development.
This means the more than 6 500 residents are likely to see a positive change to their economy – including major improvements to their infrastructure.
We can expect to see an influx from residents from surrounding areas. Leading to growth for the entire region.