NEW DEVELOPMENTS BY ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY
By: Sphamandla Blose
EThekwini Municipality together with the Economic and Tourism Departments announced their big development within Durban’s CBD.
This follows the success of the Tourism Indaba which graced the shores of Durban almost two weeks ago.
The iconic development being planned is a Bluff Bridge, connecting the Bluff with the new Point development at Durban’s harbour entrance. This is set to deliver a clear statement to the world that Durban, at the heart of Kwa-Zulu Natal, is a progressive city.
Its impact is destined to be similar with that of well-known Sydney Harbour Bridge or San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, and will become a tourism attraction in its own.
“We have signed an agreement with the City of Cape Town and Joburg to work together as we develop these cities, and we want to make sure local traders are being encouraged to take initiative,” said Durban Mayor James Nxumalo.
Given their success in the burgeoning MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Congresses and Exhibitions) tourism sector, they have also looked at developing the International Convention Centre on the North Coast, together with the creation of a cultural monument following an architectural and engineering approach, for installation on the breakwater at Durban harbour entrance.
The Municipality and Tourism sector further revealed their plan to develop a statue of King Shaka, to reflect the iconic Zulu heritage, and they believe that such a statue will incorporate visitor facilities and cultural related experiences.
Following the controversy of a King Shaka statue when it was built at the King Shaka International Airport, the MEC of Economic Development and Tourism, Honourable Michael Mabuyakhulu, said that it “was clear that this statue will be different from the figure at the Airport, but it will be large in size”.
“This project will start soon, and this statue will be huge in such a way that you can see it far away, it won’t look similar to the one that is currently at the Airport or at the Harbour,” said Mabuyakhulu.