Nelson Mandela Bay - Investment Hotspot





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Published on May 26, 2010

Nelson Mandela Bay has numerous advantages to boost it as a preferred investment destination. These not only include the investment hotspots situated in the Bay, but also the lifestyle and attractions of the Bay as well as its facilities in terms of entertainment, medical and education facilities.

Situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean, this bustling seaport city flaunts an atmosphere of relaxed year-round fun and excitement. Warm, dry summers and mild winter temperatures entice water sport lovers throughout the year. It is home to some of the worlds best sailing venues, first-rate scuba diving with colourful coral species, beautiful reefs and shipwrecks, near perfect conditions for wind-surfing, angling, skin diving, kite-surfing, fly-fishing and canoeing.

Nelson Mandela Bay boasts good telecommunications infrastructure and various modern shopping centres to choose from. In addition there are unspoilt beaches and rivers, ancient rock art sites to clamber up to, about a million hectares of malaria-free game and nature reserves to explore.

The Bay is home to three of South Africas top 10 golf courses, as well as facilities for many other sports. Hiking and 4X4 trailing are popular activities while adventure seekers find adrenalin rushes in activities such as white water rafting and bungee jumping.

Nelson Mandela Bay has beautiful parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves with an abundance of bird life. Many inland and coastal walking trails can be explored in the area.

For nature lovers, the Addo Elephant National Park, situated 73km from Port Elizabeth, offers sanctuary to 170 elephants, the last Cape buffalo and 21 black rhino of the very scarce Kenyan sub-species. A number of other establishments, such as Shamwari, which was named the worlds leading safari and game reserve in 2008, are located in closer proximity to Nelson Mandela Bay offer big-five viewing in a malaria-free environment.

In addition, South Africas only ski resort, Tiffindell, which is situated in the Southern Drakensberg on the slopes of the highest mountain peak in the Eastern Cape (3001 m), is located within driving distance from Nelson Mandela Bay.

Medical facilities in region

Port Elizabeth has three excellent private hospitals and various clinics, as well as four state hospitals. The large hospitals in Port Elizabeth include Netcare Greenacres Hospital and St Georges Hospital. Netcare Greenacres Hospital is a state of the art medical facility that is able to handle virtually all types of medical concerns, from cardiology to dermatology and most any type of surgery. St Georges Hospital is equally modern and well equipped, and like Netcare Greenacres Hospital is recognized in the industry as one of the best health care establishments in the country.

Educational facilities

Port Elizabeth has excellent educational institutions. This includes primary and high schools, technical colleges and two Further Education and Training (FET) institutions. The Bay is also home to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), an internationally acclaimed institution of higher learning. NMMU brings together the best traditions of Technikon and university education, and draws on more than a century of quality higher education, in a new kind of university that offers a wide range of academic, professional and technological programmes at varying entrance and exit levels. These range from diplomas to PhDs in seven faculties on eight campuses. With over 20 000 students and approximately 2 000 staff members, NMMU is based on seven campuses or delivery sites within the Nelson Mandela Metro and George (Southern Cape). The educational facilities cater for both local and international students and offer affordable tuition fees.

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