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22nd Aug 2022

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Westown: First mixed-use in Shongweni gets underway

The cutting-edge mixed-use development of Westown will be leading from the front by creating a dynamic and sustainable urban node within the marginalised outer-west region of the eThekwini Metropolitan area.

This groundbreaking development has the full support of the City and has been identified as a Presidential Project. It’s been planned in consultation with key stakeholders eThekwini Municipality and Tongaat Hulett Property, and will be overseen by Fundamentum.

“The start of construction on Westown, the first retail and mixed-use component within Shongweni, is expected to start in January 2022,” says Fundamentum CEO, Carlos Correia. “Tender applications for the first key infrastructural components are in the process of being evaluated. This catalytic project has been a long time in the making and the development team is excited to finally get it underway.”

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“In line with our urban sustainability ethos, we believe Westown with an urban core at its heart, will be a prime example of an inclusive, high energy, safe and secure retail and mixed-use urban development,” says Correia. Westown will include a wide range of residential options, commercial and business park activities, as well as a high street retail offering.

“It will add to and enhance the existing natural character and environment of Shongweni, with a specific focus on building on and expanding the current active recreational activities of equestrian shows and horse-riding, mountain biking and trail running. This ‘new-town-in-town’ will create a new economic base for this sub-region and much of this economic base will be grounded in urban sustainability.”


This initial project will push the limits of planning for a larger Shongweni Urban Development initiative and in the development of Westown, move urban sustainability beyond existing multi-disciplinary paradigms of planning, engineering, architecture and urbanisation, to an approach of inter-disciplinary integration that facilitates increasing levels of sustainability and innovation, providing for a permanent residential population that spans a broad socio-economic profile, representative of the wider South African context.




The Fundamentum Property Group specialises in asset management, property development, consulting and retail leasing, with a passion for building trusted relationships with their Partners. With substantial combined experience, they own, develop and manage a portfolio of quality properties.

Founded in Durban in 2012, Fundamentum has grown exponentially. Their dynamic, future-forward view offers a fresh approach to their investment portfolio – spread over retail, commercial, industrial and logistics – and informs their philosophy ‘to do things quickly and correctly’.  Their executive team came together as a result of a common vision – to bring property proficiency, financial know-how and an entrepreneurial spirit together to create something truly unique within the property sector.

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