Mount Edgecombe at a glance
Mount Edgecombe is a gated community in Kwa Zulu Natal , South Africa situated just north of Durban, which forms part of e Thekweni, the Greater Durban Metropolitan. It is famous for the Mt Edgecombe Country Club Residential Esate with its two international recognised Golf courses. Its name is derived from the Earl of Mount edgecombe in Cornwall, United Kingdom.
The history of Mount Edgecombe is intrinsically linked to KwaZulu-Natal's sugar cane industry and thus the indentured labourers who came from India to work those plantations. When Marshall Campbell purchased the Mount Edgecombe sugar cane mill in 1895, Natal Estates Limited as one of South Africa's largest sugar milling giants emerged.
As the company grew, so did the number of sugar cane farms feeding the mill until there were 22 estates whose specific purpose was to cultivate and provide a constant supply of cane to the Mount Edgecombe Mill.
The mill's closure in 1994 ended a chapter in Durban's history, but it also started another one - the opportunity for Tongaat Hulett, the company that owned the lands producing sugar cane to feed the old mill, to shift into land development and create new investment.
Tongaat Hulett Developments managing director Mike Deighton says since the 1990s the company and its partners have planned and developed about 2 000ha, and a significant proportion of Durban's businesses have settled into Tongaat Hulett's 14 office park developments. Mount Edgecombe is no exception, with commercial property developments including Broadlands Activity Park, Mount Edgecombe Activity Park and Old Mill Industrial Park.
He says the Broadlands Activity Park provides an effective buffer for the Broadlands and Mount Edgecombe residential areas from the busy R102, infrastructure that will eventually connect Mount Edgecombe to Pinetown.
Consequently, the park holds attraction for smaller businesses seeking high accessibility near the well-established industrial, commercial, residential and retail developments.
The Mount Edgecombe Activity Park, situated only 5km from the N2, comprises a variety of warehouses, retail elements and offices as well as small-scale hightech industries.
The nearby Old Mill Industrial Park has ease of accessibility to areas in all directions with the traditional Durban CBD 20km away and the Umhlanga commercial and industrial hub 8km away.
Unlike other commercial and residential developments, the industrial parks do not have controlled access. Only the individual properties are fenced off with gate-controlled access. Reflecting a sense of pride among owners and tenants, the well-kept verges are planted with indigenous succulents, cycads, palm trees and other flowering shrubbery.
There are a number of excellent school in the area, offering high standars of education for all leaners from pre-school to Matric. Schools such as Crawford La Lucia, and Reddham House offering grades 0 - grade 12.