The discovery of marble near Port Shepstone in 1867 led to the establishing of the town and surrounding towns. Today, as in 1867, the main sources of sustainable household income are derived from sugar mills, lime and marble quarries and sub-tropical fruits. The tourism industry is also a contributing source of revenue to the region.
Port Shepstone and Umtentweni share the same common natural border of the largest river on the south coast, the Mzimkulu River.
Set on the N2 north and south means the town offers access to major towns like Durban which is 150 km away which means the town is not quit as remote but does offer that essential tranquility.
The Hibiscus Coast of KZN is a perpetual playground for sun lovers. The favorable weather, white pearly beaches and laid back lifestyle are just some of lure the coast holds. The fact that the KwaZulu-Natal property market is experiencing a revival bodes well for towns like Umtentweni.
Umtentweni is a gem of the Hibiscus Coast which is by definition a prestigious property market. The mixed property usage consists of freestanding homes with spectacular modern architecture, cluster homes which are equally impressive, townhouses and apartments.
This does give the town a property pricing structure that invites the middle-class to own a piece of this tranquil tourist haven.
The second holiday home market in Umtentweni is a lucrative stable investment market throughout the property usage range. Besides sunbathing Umtentweni has a load of excursion venues and attractions such as a hike along the Ingungumbane Trail or a visit to the Aqua Planet Dive Centre and Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary.
Being a well-established town means the major infrastructure is established like schools such as Port Shepstone High School, Merlewood Primary School, Port Shepstone Primary School and Suid Natal High School.
The town would not be a sustainable town without retail malls of which Marburg Supermarket, Hibiscus Mall Centre and Port Shepstone Mall are only a few.