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Durban - City of Ruin

13 January 2014, 12:47

The EThekwini Website boasts a proud motto: "By 2030, EThekwini will be Africa's most caring and livable city". One has to admire the utter arrogance and disregard of that absurd statement. When comparing Durban to Cape Town, the veritable disarray of litter filled streets and neglected buildings is surely a sight to behold, especially for the tourists much less the actual residents of the city.

South Africa is a beautiful country with a unique multicultural diversity. To watch it fall apart is unacceptable. With an estimated population of roughly 3.468 million people, the payment of rates and taxes should suffice to uplift the aesthetic appearance of the city. Areas such as Central Durban, Addington, Warwick avenue and more require a make-over. This is the mutual responsibility of both Landowners and the municipality.

A portion of rates paid for private properties by Landowners in town should be used for the painting of the outside walls of buildings. This should be compulsory requirement and the government should accommodate rebates and lessen rates for abiding Landowners. Buildings that pose a hazard to human safety or abandoned should be abolished, if the owners are deceased or refuse to take responsibility for their buildings, the government should purchase it from the aforementioned owners and use it for office space or apartment buildings. I can only imagine the possible beauty of this refurbished city, if it had a boost of R200 million. Many lucrative companies have relocated their headquarters to fancier areas such as Umhlanga and La Lucia.

The City of Durban remains the hub of business and tourism, it should portray cleanliness and order instead of a derelict habitat, mindful of the fact that its appearance represents who we are as Durbanites. If we seek to enrich this nation, our primary concern should be to attract international investors. We cannot achieve that with the current state of affairs.

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