Local Area Committees

Local Area Committees (LACs) have been established across the KZN South Coast destination to represent the local tourism industry’s private sector.

There is a Local Area Committee policy that is followed by the LACs and the Committees and Chairpersons are annually elected at the area’s Annual General Meeting. Ugu South Coast Tourism provides administrative support to these LACs, as well as funding for area-specific projects that further USCT’s strategic objectives.

The following LACs currently operate across the KZN South Coast destination:

Umdoni Local Area Committee:

NamePositionDetails
 Annien KoulountisChairperson[email protected]
082 687 2120
039 976 0336
Lorna ThomsonSecretary[email protected]
060 879 5532
039 976 1364

Umzumbe Local Area Committee:

NamePositionDetails
Dr E MnguniChairperson[email protected]

060 800 5508
Nonkululeko Patrick ShingaSecretary[email protected]

076 796 9437 039 699 3203

Hibberdene Local Area Committee:

NamePositionDetails
Jenny HerholdtChairperson[email protected]

061 262 9964
Nonkululeko Patrick ShingaSecretary[email protected]

076 796 9437 039 699 3203

Port Shepstone Local Area Committee:

NamePositionDetails
John IrvenChairperson[email protected]
072 362 5632
039 695 2602
Thabi MsomiSecretary[email protected]
083 370 0241
039 682 7944

Ezinqoleni/Oribi Gorge Local Area Committee:

NamePositionDetails
Andy RuffleChairperson[email protected]
072 893 3794
Skhumbuzo MadlalaSecretary[email protected]

073 333 6760

Shelly Beach Local Area Committee:

NamePositionDetails
Chris KorstenChairperson[email protected]
082 336 8120
Zama NkomoSecretary[email protected]
072 621 4185
039 315 7065

Margate Local Area Committee:

NamePositionDetails
Johny De WetChairperson[email protected]
082 576 3404
Zama NkomoSecretary[email protected]
072 621 4185
039 315 7065

Ramsgate Local Area Committee:

NamePositionDetails
Peter KilianChairperson[email protected]

082 442 5539
Nandipha SitholeSecretary[email protected] 039 312 2322

Travel Trade

The travel trade is very important to Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT), being the sales arm of the industry. USCT is actively driving tour packaging within the destination and its core markets in order to stimulate tourism growth.

Trade associations and stakeholder agreements; networking events; trade exhibitions; workshops and speed marketing events; industry media and trade familiarisation trips and site visits; business-to-business marketing; grading, service and quality standards; relationship and reputation building; press releases and a travel trade newsletter are some of the ways USCT is facilitating tour packaging and product sales.

Ugu South Coast Tourism Members

As per the KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Amendment Act 2002, tourism businesses within the Ugu district need to register with the official Destination Management Organisation for the region, Ugu South Coast Tourism (USCT), and EDTEA.

USCT membership is compulsory for all tourism businesses deriving direct benefit from tourism, incl. but not limited to:

  • All Accommodation establishments
  • All Tour & Activity Operators
  • All Tourist Attractions & Golf Clubs
  • All Tourist Shuttles & Transport Services
  • All Tour Guides
  • Tourism associations’ members

USCT membership is voluntary for all members deriving indirect benefit from tourism, incl. but not limited to:

  • Shopping centres & shops
  • Restaurants
  • Estate agencies
  • Services e.g. health & beauty/spa; laundry
  • Motor dealers, garages & auto services
  • Business chambers & associations
  • Event organisers
  • Marketing companies
  • Neighbouring tourism products outside, but nearby the borders of Ugu district

All businesses that are not directly/indirectly deriving any benefit from tourism can become Friends of Tourism.

Businesses need to sign up to become Members and Friends of USCT and pay the annual membership fee, which provides multiple benefits.