THE month of September is tourism and heritage month, aimed at addressing issues of the transformation, promotion and preservation of South African’s diverse heritage, national identity, nation building and social cohesion. KZN becomes a hive of activities during this month, with tourists coming from other provinces to spend their holidays in the beautiful hills and valleys of this province. Hazelmere Dam in Verulam is one of the main tourist attractions in the north of Durban. Despite the drop in water levels at the dam due to the drought that hit SA badly, tourists still find the place attractive.Ward councillor Fakazi Mdletshe said Hazelmere Dam has proven to be among the major tourist destinations in the province. “Tourists coming from other provinces visit the area to participate in various activities at the dam. “But perhaps the boating is what attracts many people to this area. We also have wild animals at Hazelmere. All of these things attract tourists,” Mdletshe said.Since September coincides with Heritage Day, Mdletshe encouraged residents to visit local heritage sites during this month and explore tourist attractions around the province. This week, hundreds of visitors are expected to attend the reed dance festival that will be held at the Zulu king’s royal residence in Nongoma. KZN Departement of Economic Development and Tourism and Environmental Affairs said this year tourism will be celebrated under the banner “Tourism and the Digital Transformation”.