Bridging social and economic transformation

Bridge City north of Durban, a joint venture between eThekwini Municipality and Tongaat Hulett, is a mixed-use urban precinct linking adjacent areas to each other and the wider metropolitan region. Founded on the existing rail service (with a rail station located under the Bridge City shopping centre) and the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) routes currently being built between Bridge City and surrounding centres, the development has attracted increasing interest as a decentralised residential and commercial town centre hub with an adjoining industrial business estate.

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