The drive up to Port Nolloth takes an enormous amount of effort. Nestled in the north-east of the country, it’s nearer Namibia than it is any other major city in Mzansi. However, those chasing the rainbow for a place off the beaten track may soon find a pot of gold at the end of their journey – as they head into extremes of the Northern Cape.
Welcome to Port Nolloth – SA’s next economic powerhouse!
The isolated town, famous for its fishing and its minerals, is now the subject of a major revitalisation project – which is being overseen by the Department of Trade. The plan is to make Port Nolloth ‘a beehive of economic activity’, by reviving its ailing harbour and creating a whole raft of opportunities for those in the hospitality and tourism industries.
The implementation of the plan will take place in various local municipalities through a collaboration of the district leadership as well as the provincial and national governments. But, according to the Deputy Minister of Trade Nomalungelo Gina, PN is set to be the jewel in this newly-polished crown.
Northern Cape to expand tourist options
Following a two-day visit to the town, Gina explained that job creation and the betterment of small businesses in the region is central to her ministry’s plans, sharing the following statement with us on Tuesday:
“The Northern Cape coastal town of Port Nolloth has the potential to once again become a beehive of economic activities, if all stakeholders work together to implement the nine-point socio-economic development plan produced for the Namakwa District Municipality. The main objective is to change the lives of the people for the better.”
“As we revitalise the harbour and open up more opportunities for small-scale fisheries, more jobs will be created. The wealth of this area requires to be fully exploited in order ensure that small enterprises thrive.”
How will Port Nolloth be ‘rebuilt and redeveloped’?
- – Port Nolloth Harbour is set to undergo a major transformation, creating opportunities for small-scale fisheries.
- – The ‘beneficiation of minerals’ is slated to take place here – opening up a new mining industry for the region.
- – With more economic opportunities, the door can then be booted open for tourism and holidaymakers alike.
- – Deputy Minister Gina believes that hospitality industries ‘will be allowed to blossom’ in Port Nolloth.
- – The major revitalisation project is part of a nine-point plan to stimulate economic growth in the Northern Cape.
Northern Cape to host new ‘tourist hot-spot’
The popular proposals have also gone down a storm with Mayor of the Richtersveld Local Municipality, Councillor Arthur Jansen. He says the time is right for Port Nolloth and its surrounding regions to ‘diversify its economy’.
“In the province, our District Development Model, which is focusing mainly in the Boegoebaai Port and the Port Nolloth Small Harbour, has got the potential to grow and create an inclusive economy. We are happy that our economy will diversify and we will see other sectors contributing to job creation and economic growth” | Arthur Jansen