ETHEKWINI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO REJUVENATE DURBAN CITY
By: Sthabiso Mdledle
Durban City officials announced on the 8th of September that they have a plan to restore the inner city to its former glory to attract businesses and economic growth in the area.
“The purpose of the regeneration programme is to reclaim abandoned buildings and urban spaces, attract new innovative investments, ideas social housing, connectivity and the
integration of different modes of transport,” said the deputy City manager for Economic Development and Planning Musa Mbhele.
Nine districts covered by the plan include the Point, Albert Park, Warwick junction, Greyville, Victoria Embankment, Beachfront, Greater Kings Parl, Umngeni Corridor and
Central Business District( CBD) Musa added that the city is rejuvenated because the inner city has challenges like crime and
The Problem Buildings By – Law 2015, which was adopted by the Council on 24 June 2015 and recently passed and accepted as a law in a one way in addressing the issue. The By –Law
targets “problem buildings “which have been invaded, abandoned or leased out as slums.
EThekwini Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo said it was a good initiative and asked that something similar be done for the CBD in Isipingo where a number of people are migrating.
A website will soon be up and running, solely dedicated to this project.
There will also be a platform for residents to give their opinions on what they want Durban to be as they are a vital stakeholder of the city.