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98 www. bus- ex. com July 09 thegoldengoose Takingcareof

Gateway L ess than a decade ago, Umhlanga Rocks was a very pretty but largely undeveloped holiday destination for South Africans who didn't want to get involved with the hurly burly of Durban's Golden Mile. Just 15 kilometres away from downtown Durban, Umhlanga was still largely in the business of growing sugar cane but the seeds were already in place for immense and rapid changes. A less desirable aspect of black democracy in South Africa is that the central business districts of major cities have changed in character. Once sophisticated and international in style, they have often degenerated into crime- ridden and night time no- go areas. Such is the case in Durban and since the mid- 1990s offi ce developers have been keen to fi nd new homes for the city's many businesses. It was the ideal climate for Tongaat Hulett to exploit, owning, as it did, vast tracts of land up the north coast of KwaZulu Natal. " But Tongaat Hulett Developments managed the process well," explains Adrian Raw, centre manager for South Africa's largest shopping complex. " They very carefully prepared spatial development plans based on sophisticated models which would shift the balance northwards from Durban but at the same time preserving the beauty and desirability of the coastline." The geography of Umhlanga meant that there was little scope for development around the existing town centre. Today the focus of attention is in the new town, a couple of kilometres away on top of a rise which provided offi ce developers who got in early enough with the most spectacular views down the coast towards Durban. From the mid 1990s there were plans for a shopping centre in Umhlanga but it wasn't until Old Mutual, one of the country's major life assurance providers and property developers, bought the land in 1998 that things started to move. Architects A picturesque location often attracts development which then destroys the original reason for its charm. However, that's not always the case, as Alan Swaby discovers July09 www. bus- ex. com 99 thegoldengoose Takingcareof