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From left: Hibiscus Coast municipality councillor Bheka Cele; Hibiscus Coast municipality deputy mayor Johnny de Wet; Hibiscus Coast municipality mayor Nomusa Mqwebu; Head of Department of the KZN Treasury Simiso Magagula; Neli Shezi of the KZN Treasury; and Hibiscus Coast municipal manager Max Mbili

The Port Shepstone Techno Hub was officially launched at an Innovation Day event today, 30 June 2016. The event, hosted by the Hibiscus Coast municipality and the KZN Provincial Treasury, was held to introduce the science and technology park to interested stakeholders, the media and invited members of the community.

As the first of four such Techno Hubs which are being developed in the province, the Port Shepstone Techno Hub will add a welcome new dimension to the area's traditional rural economy by providing a collaborative space for business and young entrepreneurs.

Several dignitaries attended the event at the Ugu Sports Centre, including Hibiscus Coast municipality mayor Cllr Nomusa Mqwebu and KZN Treasury head of department Simiso Magagula. 

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KZN Treasury head of department Simiso Magagula delivers the keynote address

As part of the event, a sod turning ceremony took place at the site where construction on the Techno Hub has already commenced.  

The Port Shepstone Techno Hub has been identified as an ideal location for a Sports Academy centre of excellence. It is expected that training, research and development in sporting facilities will be housed in the innovation cluster.

In addition, the local government plans to establish a base at the Port Shepstone Techno Hub to provide services to members of the community.

A Johannesburg-based social enterprise called Got Game has completed an application for participation in the KZN Techno Hubs project.

The organisation seeks to tackle challenges around education, health services and enterprise development in sub-Saharan Africa.

More specifically, the venture is aimed at addressing the needs of people in under served communities who have in some way been sidelined from participating fairly in a growing offline and online digital economy. 

Got Game designs, manufactures and delivers customised cubes, known as POP UPs (Point of Presence of Unleashing Potential) in the form of digital hubs, restaurants, clinics, gyms and a variety of other interesting spaces. Clients can choose off plan or have their own creation custom made. 

It has expressed interest in setting up a POP UP at each of the Techno Hub sites across KwaZulu-Natal. The focus of the Got Game project at each Techno Hub will be determined by the individual hub and “what is happening in the community space at the site”.  

The KZN Techno Hubs are being constructed in Port Shepstone, Newcastle, Richards Bay and Pietermaritzburg

Click here to download an Expression of Interest form  

Fencing construction of the Port Shepstone Techno Hub site has commenced.
We have made great strides in finalising the precinct and will be starting construction of the Visitors Centre in April.

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