South Coast at a glance

Approximately 4 km in width and stretching roughly 24 km in length to include; Bayhead, Clairwood, Congella, Isipingo, Jacobs, Maydon Wharf, Mobeni and Prospecton is the industrial area, better known as the Southern Basin of Durban.  

Located in proximity to one or the largest and busiest ports in South Africa and running parallel to the coastline, ‘the Basin’ started its journey as an industrial area in the mid-50’s and has continued to develop ever since. Today the Southern Basin of Durban is home to some 600 different industries including some of the country’s largest oil refineries, chemical plants, textile manufacturers and many others.

The Southern Basin of Durban is well-located and as a result is the focal point of many of eThekwini’s main transport routes and many other major roadways. These arterial routes comprise the N2, which links up with the N3, M4 highway, Edwin Swales Drive (M7) and South Coast Road.

Industrial Suburbs

The Southern Basin of Durban is made up of several industrial suburbs including:

Southern Basin of Durban Property Market 

Depending on the suburb and its proximity to the Port, rentals in this precinct vary between R45 and R65 per square metre and the demand depends on the condition and size of the properties. Due to limited space in the region – very few new developments have been built.

One development that is in progress is the brand new logistics park that is being built on the old Clairwood Race Course. This R3, 5 billion project is one of the latest offerings from Fortress Income Fund and will create much needed employment and business opportunities. The final development will span 350 000m2 of A Grade warehousing and yard space.

Key Points of Interest

Port of Durban

Commonly referred to as Durban Harbour, this Port is one of the largest shipping-terminals in Africa and processes upwards of thirty million tons of cargo annually. The Port has been a driving factor in the demand for industrial spaces in the Southern Basin, as its convenient location increases productivity and enables tenants to transport manufactured goods and materials.

King Shaka International Airport 

Replacing the old Durban International Airport, which was located south of Durban Central, King Shaka International Airport is situated in La Mercy and is roughly 40km from the city centre. Launching operations in 2010, this airport is easily accessible from the South of Durban via the N2 freeway.

Dube Tradeport 

Found next to King Shaka International Airport, Dube Tradeport is a competitive hub of business and industry. Forming part of the developing Durban Aerotropolis, Dube Tradeport is a great logistics destination that provides industry leaders with convenient access to many global and local terminals.


The freight logistics and passenger transport sector of Transnet does have a yard in the Southern Basin of Durban, located in Maydon Wharf. As the largest freight hauler in Africa – its proximity to many of the southern industrial suburbs makes it easier for manufacturers and other industry leaders to ship and transport their goods and raw materials from various locations across the country.


As the biggest city and the capital of South Africa, Johannesburg is one of the key nodes of most industries – lying approximately 6 hours from the Southern Basin of Durban, along the N3; this metropolis allows industrial tenants to transport resources, goods and other reserves to and from the hive of industry and development.



The entire Southern Basin of Durban is serviced by Metrorail, which runs between several stations including Fynnlands, King’s Rest, Wentworth, Clairwood, Jacobs, Montclair, Race Course Halt, Merebank, Isipingo, Pelgrim and Reunion. These stations all fall into the Metrorail South Coast Line.

Muvo Bus System 

Durban Transport and Mynah Busses are on offer to the entire southern Durban area and run from specific stops that operate through this region.


There are a variety of metered and minibus taxis that frequent numerous routes in and around the area – running to neighbouring towns and suburbs.


In and around the Southern Basin of Durban is home to many tuck shops, chain restaurants and shopping centres, which can be visited during break-time or lunch hour.

Umlazi Mega City

Located between Isipingo and Mobeni, at the entrance to Umlazi is the established Mega City shopping complex. Offering shoppers a wide variety of retail and food outlets, is a pioneer in the retail sector in this region. Anchor tenants in this centre include; Chicken Licken, KFC, Debonairs Pizza and Spur to name just a few.

Montclair Mall

Situated just outside of Mobeni is the Montclair Mall. This local community shopping centre boasts everything from clothing, grocery and food stores, which shoppers can enjoy for a pleasant and convenient retail experience.

Isipingo Junction 

Found on Pardy Rd in Isipingo Hills, this shopping complex is conveniently located and offer visitors a range of stores including anchor tenants Shoprite and Ackerman’s.

Emergency Services and Medical Facilities

In the unfortunate event of a medical or healthcare emergency – the Southern Basin of Durban has several facilities that are equipped to deal with occupational crises.

King Edward VIII Hospital

This tertiary level hospital is the second largest hospital in South Africa, comprising 852 beds with approximately 22 000 out patients monthly and is located in Umbilo.

Other medical and emergency facilities and services include:

  • Jacobs Hospital 
  • Clairwood Hospital
  • Isipingo Healthcare Centre 
  • Prime Care Clinic
  • One Stop Medical Centre
  • Maydon Wharf SAPS
  • Prospecton Fire Station 
  • Jacobs Fire Station 
  • Congela Fire Station 
  • Mobeni Fire Station  

Deal Core Property Group has a variety of suitable industrial property types in the coveted suburbs of the Southern Basin of Durban - from generously spaced warehouses, manufacturing facilities and operational factories. Our property managers and agents are devoted to finding our tenants the ideal spaces for their industrial business requirements. Contact our office today and find a well-located industrial property south of Durban. 

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