Newcastle at a glance
Newcastle is the third largest city and urban center in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Newcastle is located in the North West corner of the province along the Ncandu River and is moderately industrial.
The upper part of the Drakensberg mountain range curls along the west side of the city. A large proportion of the population live in the Townships of Madadeni and Osizweni which lie to the East. The N11 is the principal road running through the city.
This city serves surrounding maize, livestock and dairy farmers as well as workers connected to Karbochem, Mittal Steel South Africa (previously ISPAT/ISCOR), the textile and service industry. There is also considerable coal mining in the area.
Blackrock Casino Entertainment Hotel provides much entertainment to Newcastle and surrounding areas.
The development of a R2 billion project, Dunblane Golf and Trout Estate, which will eventually consist of 2000 houses, two hotels and a golf course is well underway. The development of a new R450 million regional shopping mall which will be called the Newcastle Mall is underway and is due for completion in early 2012. The development is a project which is run by a property company called Zenprop.The mall will be adjacent to the Blackrock Casino Entertainment Hotel.