A poverty-stricken rural community is the new part owner of a planned R10-billion coastal resort.

After a decade of bitter wrangling over a land claim, the Dube community on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast has secured a 20% stake in the luxury Blythedale Coastal Resort, to be built on their ancestral land.

Low-income earners and the wealthy will live together on the upmarket, 1000ha estate, sharing an 18-hole golf course and swimming pools.

Houses, ranging in price from R42000 to R20-million, will have similar decor and style, and entry-level units will be government subsidised.

Other proposed facilities include a shopping centre, wellness centre and several schools.

The Times (Johannesburg)