MEC of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube Ncube at the Umhlanga Arch.

Source: IOL – The Mercury

Call for more public-private partnerships as R1.3bn Umhlanga Arch soars ahead

Durban – A CALL for more public-private sector partnerships and co-operation as well as additional large-scale development projects that would promote the province’s economic recovery was made during the first phase launch of the iconic R1.3 billion Umhlanga Arch development this week.

The long-awaited multi-use project, to which developer and shareholder Devmco and local private equity firm Multiply Group are putting the final touches, was opened to the public for the first time on Tuesday.

MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, visited the commercial space in the development’s trademark glass arch, the open air retail segment known as the Yard, as well as South Africa’s first Hilton Garden Inn, which is expected to open in November.

This four-star hotel is South Africa’s first fully integrated smart hotel. Using a mobile app, guests will not only be able to book into the hotel using their cellphones but also use these as their room keys. Guests’ phones will also operate lifts, control lights, television and air conditioners.