USCT and RNM announce rates rebates for BnBs and waiving of business licence fees

USCT and RNM announce rates rebates for BnBs and waiving of business licence fees

With tourism establishments and businesses on the KZN South Coast hit particularly hard during the pandemic, Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) has welcomed the implementation of Ray Nkonyeni Municipality’s (RNM) Economic Relief Plan which will alleviate the financial burden on business operations for the year December 2020 to December 2021.

Among the approved items include:

– The waiving of all business licence renewal and issuing fees from December 2020 to December 2021 for all legally trading businesses in possession of valid business licences.

To apply for a business license renewal, contact the RNM Local Economic Development (LED) Office:

LED Officer: Business Regulations – Sbusisiwe Dlamini on 039 688 2276

Enquiries can also be sent to Manager: Local Economic Development – Philani Khambule

The LED office is located at 46 Aiken Street, Port Shepstone (next to FNB).

– The changing of rates categorisation for BnBs, guesthouses and lodges to household-based rates fees, for the same period of time. This is only applicable to operators who have been trading legally, and who were in good rates’ standing as of April 2020.

To apply for a rates’ rebate, contact the RNM Revenue Office:

Revenue Manager – Siyabonga R. Dlamini at or 039 312 8314 or 086 533 3483 or visit

The RMN Revenue Office is located at LOT 1000 Dan Pienaar Square, Newton Road, Margate, 4275, Ray Nkonyeni Municipality.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on tourism establishments in the area, and the effects are likely to be felt for some time yet, which makes this relief plan absolutely vital for businesses at this time,” said CEO of USCT, Phelisa Mangcu. “We urge all establishments to take advantage of the business licence renewals and applications so that they are operating legally and can benefit from such government support.”

Maxwell Mbili, Municipal Manager of Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, added: “The Draft Economic Relief Plan, submitted to the Department Development Planning Services in November last year, has been adopted to address the social and economic devastation brought on by Covid-19. Ray Nkonyeni Municipality will continue to work closely with private and public sector to provide support for businesses and communities during these challenging times.”

High resolution images are available upon request.


Margate Beach.

(Image credit: Justin Klusener)

Izotsha Creek Estate.

(Image: Supplied by Izotsha Creek Estate)

Pumula Beach Hotel.

(Image: Supplied by Pumula Beach Hotel)

About Ugu South Coast Tourism
Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT) is the official destination management organisation of the Ugu District Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa. The Ugu District comprises four local municipalities that include Umdoni, Umzumbe, Umuziwabantu and Ray Nkonyeni. USCT’s mandate is to grow tourism within the KZN South Coast. This involves implementing marketing and development initiatives that are aimed at showcasing the diverse offerings and experiences of the South Coast as tourist destination. A board of directors oversees USCT, headed by CEO, Phelisa Mangcu.

About KZN South Coast
Known as the ‘Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom’, the KZN South Coast stretches 120 kilometres from Scottburgh to Port Edward and inland to Harding. Here, the spirit of adventure can be discovered among the many cultural experiences, as well as the 35 nature trails and 58 beaches, ideal for activities like river rafting, abseiling, suspension bridges, paintball, surfing, SUP, canoeing, beach horse rides, shark cage diving and free diving. Nicknamed ‘The Golf Coast’, there are 11 golf courses on the KZN South Coast ranging in difficulty, with endless hiking, mountain biking and 4×4 trails for more rugged excursions. Promoting sustainability, the KZN South Coast has a growing agri-tourism sector that offers world-class produce and hosts tours and excursions. The region boasts a number of permanently managed Blue Flag beaches, and is home to some of the world’s top diving sites, Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks. The originality continues with the annual Sardine Run, coined the #GreatestShoalonEarth, which is the largest biomass migration on earth and a marvel to witness. The region’s many nature reserves are inhabited by indigenous bird and wildlife, and it holds the title for ‘smallest desert on earth’, The Red Desert in Port Edward. The KZN South Coast is a fast-emerging MICE destination which also plays host to a number of high-profile events including the The Bike Fest, Uvukile Gospel Festival, Ugu Jazz, Ugu Film Festival and the South Coast Fever MTB & Trail Run Series.

Issued on behalf of:

Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT)

Disseminated by:
Olivia Jones Communications

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