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Welcome to the Durban Experience blog. Philip Sithole is Durban's Head of Business Support and Tourism.
 
His blog aims to share his thoughts, experiences and insights into some of the major happenings in and around our City, Durban.
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August 31
Essence Festival Looks to Empower Emerging Entrepreneurs

​Durban will come alive as the city will host the Essence Festival Durban, under the theme; Firing Africa with Inspiration. The international festival brings the best of local and international business leaders, speakers and talent to Durban ICC, from 26 September to 1 October 2017.

Essence Festival Durban, which takes place in conjunction with the Durban Business Fair, bring together voices of influence and power from around the globe and connects with local business communities whilst celebrating excellence, by providing platforms of inspiration to the youth and women through motivational sessions with cultural and business luminaries.

The core focus of the festival is about empowerment by enabling emerging entrepreneurs access market opportunities. Furthermore, the festival is about making a real impact to people’s lives, with tangible socio economic outcomes as evidenced from the benefits accrued by some of last year’s participants.

Last year the festival drew over 61,000 attendees from across the country. The festival mosaic programme consists of Durban Business Fair, business conferences, business masterclass, youth entrepreneurship, women economic empowerment, health and lifestyle, beauty and style and empowerment stages will continue to provide an invaluable platform for businesses to network and build relationships with international experts for local business to be globally competitive.

 
The festival further provides a platform for the city to invest in SMME’s, through the Durban Business Fair as well as Arts and Culture economy, through a number pre-event activities that are carried out in the build-up and during the Festival, which goes a long way in fuelling the economic engine of the City.
 
In 2016, amidst negative publicity, ESSENCE Festival Durban achieved our goal of enhancing our destination image and to boost investment and attract investors. In 2016, the combined total direct spend of all visitors to the event, organisers and government was R137.6 million with a resultant contribution to eThekwini’s gross domestic product (GDP) of R231.6 million. In addition, it is estimated that the festival contributed towards the creation and/or sustainment of approximately 524 temporary and/or permanent employment opportunities in the local economy of eThekwini.
 
With this year’s stellar combination of business, music, art and lifestyle industry heavyweights, we expect a significant increase in attendance by delegates and tourists(international and local) for 2017 Durban Essence Festival. We expect to see a more significant return on investment (ROI) with regards to eThekwini’s gross domestic product (GDP), taxes as well as an increase in employment opportunities.
 
SUCCESS STORIES
  • A young black youth female entrepreneur in the film industry, Dr Lwazi Manzi, has an investment deal with businesses from Sacramento. They are cash-flowing her business initiatives and looking for more opportunities to invest in the City.
  • Another black youth female designer, Rafkhat Creations, in the Municipality’s Fashion Development programme has since opened a Fashion Boutique after participating in the Festival last year. Many of her clients are from the US.
  • In one of the creative workshops, an emerging radio producer from Ntuzuma Township, Sihle Mavundla, was identified by Steve Harvey to work in his radio show.  Further engagements, to concluding this deal are underway.
  • Seponono Africa a newly formed African print head wrap female owned business who was exhibiting for the first time during the Festival is now supplying corporates such as Tsogo Sun and Standard Bank. She has been profiled on national TV and print media. She was also featured in the World Economic Forum programme, as a Global Shaper, to facilitate a master class on Made in Africa discussions.  Her business and brand has also grown to include dresses and clutch bags; which she will be showcasing in the upcoming Business Fair in September 2017. 
  • Another opportunity was created for a first time exhibitor with less than a year in business, Mabotho Designs, to realise that there was a huge market in the US for her locally manufactured leather and African print bags. As a result and with her limited resources, she funded her participation in the New Orleans Festival marketplace in July 2017 where she sold all of her stock on the first day of the exhibition. She utilized the rest of the Festival to network and established business leads, which resulted into meetings in New York with potential clients.

The 2017 ESSENCE Durban Festival programme is diverse, informative, thought provoking and feature best of talent from US Bishop TD Jakes, Rev Al Sharpton, Jill Scott and a number of South African and Durban artists, business people who will feature in various platforms during the festival.

ESSENCE All Star Music Festival featuring Jill Scott, Nasty C and Micasa are available from R 155 and All Star Gospel Concert featuring Bishop TD Jakes and Joyous Celebration are available from R195. Tickets are available at Computicket.

2017 ESSENCE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

Tue, Sep 26, 2017
Wed, Sep 27, 2017
Thu, Sep 28, 2017
Fri, Sep 29, 2017
Sat, Sep 30, 2017
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
Business Conference
Business Conference
Women Economic Empowerment
Property Summit
(Ticketed)
Business Summit
TD Jakes (Ticketed)
 
(Ticketed)
(Ticketed)
(Ticketed)
DBF Exhibitions             
DBF Exhibitions             
DBF Exhibitions             
 
 
 
ARTiculate Art & Book Fair
ARTiculate Art &
Book Fair
ARTiculate Art &
Book Fair
 
 
 
Empowerment
Stage
Empowerment
Stage
Empowerment
Stage
 
 
 
Youth Development
Youth Development
Youth Development
 
 
 
Money & power
Money & power
Money & power
 
 
 
Business of Arts
Business of Arts
Business of Arts
 
 
 
Lifestyle and
Wellness
Lifestyle and
Wellness
Lifestyle and
Wellness
 
 
 
Tech Zone Plus
Tech Zone Plus
Tech Zone Plus
 
 
 
Property Expo
Property Expo
Property Expo
 
 
 
ESSENCE Eats
ESSENCE Eats
ESSENCE Eats
 
 
 
Centre Stage
incorporating:
Entertainment
Talkshops
Sponsor Activations
Live Interviews
Live Performances
Centre Stage
incorporating:
Entertainment
Talkshops
Sponsor Activations
Live Interviews
Live Performances
Centre Stage
incorporating:
Entertainment
Talkshops
Sponsor Activations
Live Interviews
Live Performances
 
 
 
Beauty & Style
Beauty & Style
Beauty & Style
 
 
 
 
Aerobathon
(Beach Front)
Gospel ID
 
 
 
Township
Experience
ESSENCE
All Star Concert
ESSENCE All Star Gospel Concert

 

 

April 11
Durban Upbeat about the Easter Holidays
Durban Tourism is optimistic about this year’s Easter holidays and expecting the tourists’ activity to generate billions into the economy of the City.  Mayor, Cllr Zandile Gumede, said the City expects more than 360 000 visitors to Durban, which is expected to generate R870m in direct spend and an estimated R1.5bn into the City’s economy.   This is expected to create and sustain more than 3100 jobs,” she said.
 
“As it stands, our hotel occupancy rate is sitting at an average 70% and we are confident that these numbers will grow as we move closer to the Easter period,” added Gumede.
 
The City is optimistic that their marketing efforts will yield positive results and see the hospitality and tourism sector play a big role and inject billions into the economy of the City. 
 
Furthermore, the City goes to this year’s Easter period with a number of new tourism products like the Station Road precinct and a number of new restaurants in and around our townships and along the beach promenade. 
 
“These new products will give our visitors a variety of choices in terms of places to visit, activities to do and adventures to undertake.  This helps a lot in terms of extending the stay of our visitors in the City.  This will then have a positive impact in the coffers of the City as it would mean an increased spend from our visitors,” explained Gumede.
 
This boom is expected to be propelled even further by the lined up of many major events that will be hosted in Durban during this period. 
 
“Our message to those who will be coming to Durban for their Easter break is that they must brace themselves for a time of their lives.  We have put together a number of nice packages as part of our Funseason campaign, to ensure that people will have a memorable experience during their stay in Durban.  To those that have not made up their minds as yet, I would encourage them to visit our website and view these packages and make that booking, Durban is the place to be this Ester,” she exclaimed. 
 
Visitors to Durban can look forward to major upcoming events including:
 
  • The Durban Picnic Day
    The annual Durban Picnic Day captures the essence of a truly family day, with fun activities for the whole family and a line-up of entertainment that caters for everyone. Durban Picnic Day offers a perfect mix of music genres from hip-hop, rock, dance, house and Durban kwaito. Crowds could look forward to an exhilarating line up of artists such as Cassper Nyovest, Riky Rick, Kwesta, Kid X and Crazy white Boy, just to name a few.
    16 April Moses Mabhida Stadium, Peoples Park 
    12:00 
    R200 – R500 031 582 8222 or Computicket
  • UMHLANGA TOURISM EASTER FESTIVAL
    14 – 17 April 
    Umhlanga Main Beach  
    031 561 4257
  • EXPLORE THE GARDENS EASTER EGG TRAIL 
    15 – 16 April 
    Durban Botanical Gardens 
    8:30 
    R35 – R90 
    083 6277249 or info@theeventcompanysa.co.za
  • HANDEL`S MESSIAH 
    16 April Playhouse 
    15:00 
    R80 – R100 
    031 369 9555 or Computicket
    4.DURBAN PICNIC DAY 

In anticipation for this influx, Durban Tourism has put together a number of discounted packages from various product owners, for people visiting Durban, and these can be found at the Durban Tourism website: www.durbanexperience.co.za 

December 01
The Sunsational Durban Summer Season has arrived and the much-awaited holiday period is around the corner

On behalf of The City of Durban, I extend a warm welcome to all our tourists and visitors, to our award-winning City of Durban, the Warmest Place to be.

Durban, as a tourism destination of choice, is a modern multi-faceted City with a rich history and unparalleled cultural diversity. Its all-year round warm weather guarantees a high quality of life characterised by a wide variety of social and recreation activities all within close proximity. Durban is a melting pot of diverse cultural heritage which defines key aspects of our tourism products and offers unique experiences for international and domestic visitors.

This City, which is a gateway to Africa, is famous for its beaches that are warm all year round and are perfect for swimming, surfing, kite-surfing and wind-surfing among other water sports. Our Municipality has invested millions of rands into Durban’s famous ‘Golden Mile’, stretching from Blue Lagoon to Ushaka Marine World, in order to maintain, boost and drive Durban’s competitive edge in the tourism arena.

The City of Durban is expecting a record breaking festive season in Durban this year, as more than 1.4 million visitors landed on our shores in 2015, creating a GDP contribution of R5.2bn into the economy of the City. Over the last few years, Durban has embarked on this intensive domestic marketing campaign to attract an influx of visitors with the overall message being “Sunsational Durban, 100 % Pure Summer”. 

Over the next few months Durban will once again offer the best experiences and events line-up for our visitors to enjoy. Some of the anchor events to look forward to include: the Durban Jazz Festival; Fact Durban Rocks; Umgababa New Years Picnic; Durban Beach Festival; Woza Durban Picnic; Durban Underground, and the popular Beach Festivals in Sapphire Coast and Umhlanga will draw thousands of visitors.

I urge you to explore the hidden gems and unique experiences that makes our City so special! Remember No visit to Durban is complete without trying a legendary ‘bunny chow’ and Shisanyama at a local township restaurant or A visit to the various Tourism Routes! You will be surprised at the flourishing talent and unique experiences we have on the east coast of Africa. You can Visit any one of our Durban Tourism Offices to get your Guide Books.

Durban is your only choice for an awesome summer experience, kindly shares your experience. We thank you for your support and enjoy our warm hospitality! #DurbanSummer

October 04
Essence Festival Durban

​The City of Durban is extremely excited to be host city to the first ever,  Essence Festival Durban, which  will take place on the 8th  to 13th  November 2016 at two of the city’s iconic attractions, the Durban ICC and the Moses Mabhida Stadium and will feature international performers, world renowned speakers and local artists. The Durban Business Fair is taking place simultaneously with the Essence Festival which strives to connect local businesses globally.  We are excited as the City of Durban to be hosting an event of this magnitude. The Festival will provide an opportunity for local exhibitors, visual artists and businesses to showcase their capabilities. 

This festival enhances our destination image by creating global awareness and attracting tourism business to generate future inbound travel. We are hoping that through this partnership we can infiltrate the USA Market and the rest of the African continent to encourage visitor arrivals to our city. Special tour packages have already been formulated and marketed to the USA.

Free and open to the public, Essence Festival Durban will fire you with inspiration. It will inform, entertain and change you.  Amongst other things the festival will include Beauty and Style-featuring designers from across the continent showcasing and selling their products, Lifestyle & Wellness Experience, a Music and Entertainment showcase as well as a Money and Technology (which will include the Durban Business Fair). The Arts, Craft and Design pavilion will showcase some of the best visual arts South Africa and the African continent have, whilst festinos will also be treated to the different tastes Durban has to offer. 

Some of the music talent on show will include South Africa’s top artists such as Thandiswa Mazwai, Black Coffee, Babes Wodumo, DJ Zinhle, featuring Wizkid from Nigeria and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Yolanda Adams from the USA (who will perform in the Gospel concert) and  Power and inspiration speakers include author and radio personality Steve Harvey, singer/songwriters Kelly Price, Estelle , Mary Mary,  Ne-Yo and distinguished civil rights activist, community leader and television/radio host Rev. Al Sharpton.

This live event will draw massive crowds with a common passion, Locally, Pan African and Global to the must attend gathering with a purpose that would be an economic engine for the City.

We invite you to attend  Essence Festival Durban and visit www.essencefestivaldurban.com​ and get your tickets to the All Star Music Festival and the All Star Gospel Concert.

#essencefestdbn


September 01
Passion, Inspiration and Power take center stage at Africa’s first ever Essence Festival 2016 in Durban

​Tourism Month in Durban kicks off with the announcement of the first-ever Essence Festival Durban; a sister event to the annual Essence Festival New Orleans. The Essence Festival Durban will take place on the 8th  to 13th  November 2016 at two of the city’s iconic attractions, the Durban ICC and the Moses Mabhida Stadium and will feature international performers, world renowned speakers and local artists. The Durban Business Fair is taking place simultaneously with the Essence Festival which strives to connect local businesses globally.

The City of Durban has been blessed to have hosted some of the most iconic events on the continent in recent years. Her Worship the Mayor of Durban, Cllr, Zandile Gumede said “We are excited as the City of Durban to be hosting an event of this magnitude. The Festival will provide an opportunity for local exhibitors, visual artists and businesses to showcase their capabilities. Gumede said hosting such a historic and beneficial programme is part of the City's plans to create exchange programmes focusing on skills development, especially since the festival will focus mainly on the youth and women. We want every young person in Durban to be armed with a skill, a trade, a qualification and knowledge that they can apply to grow the economy of the city. 

Through partnering up with Essence in the Essence Festival Durban we want our city to showcase its cultural diversity, arts and heritage as well as its business acumen to South Africa and the rest of the world. Our vision is that Durban should be “Africa’s most caring and liveable city by 2030”, and this festival will not only help us to create a diverse economy but also make Durban a desirable place to live in,” she added.

“This is a milestone year for the Essence brand as we get ready to bring one of our most beloved events to the heart of South Africa in the coastal city of Durban which represents an exciting mix of cultures,” said Essence President Michelle Ebanks. “This inaugural Essence Festival Durban will bring together voices of influence and power from the continent of Africa, the U.S. and across the globe to connect communities and empower women spanning the diaspora”.

Phillip Sithole, Head of Durban Tourism confidently stated “that hosting major international events, with high media impact has been a long term focus of our destination visitor marketing strategy. This festival enhances our destination image by creating global awareness and attracting tourism business to generate future inbound travel. We are hoping that through this partnership we can infiltrate the USA Market and the rest of the African continent to encourage visitor arrivals to our city. Special tour packages have already been formulated and marketed to the USA as we speak,” concluded Mr Sithole.

Free and open to the public, Essence Festival Durban will fire you with inspiration. It will inform, entertain and change you.  Amongst other things the festival will include Beauty and Style-featuring designers from across the continent showcasing and selling their products, Lifestyle & Wellness Experience, a Music and Entertainment showcase as well as a Money and Technology (which will include the Durban Business Fair). The Arts, Craft and Design pavilion will showcase some of the best visual arts South Africa and the African continent have, whilst festinos will also be treated to the different tastes Durban has to offer. 

Some of the music talent on show will include South Africa’s top artists such as Thandiswa Mazwai, Black Coffee, Big NuSz, Babes Wodumo, DJ Zinhle, featuring Wizkid from Nigeria and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Yolanda Adams from the USA (who will perform in the Gospel concert).  Power and inspiration speakers include author and radio personality Steve Harvey, singer/songwriters Kelly Price, Estelle and distinguished civil rights activist, community leader and television/radio host Rev. Al Sharpton.

This live event will draw massive crowds with a common passion, Locally, Pan African and Global to the must attend gathering with a purpose that would be an economic engine for the City.

#EssenceFestDurban

December 08
Sunsational Summer

It is going to be a bumper festive season in Durban, as over  1.4  million visitors are expected to land on our shores to enjoy a sunsational and memorable summer holiday.   This year the City has embarked on an intensive marketing campaign to attract visitors from all over the world, with the overall message being “Sunsational Durban, 100 % Pure Summer”. 

So start Planning Your Awesome Summer Experience and head to the subtropical paradise for endless summer days, warm ocean dips and rocking events from city to ekasi !  We would like to encourage all our visitors to venture to new hidden gems and tourism routes this holiday.  Spend time with the locals at popular township restaurants and get absorbed into the rich history and culture of our vibrant city at the various tourism nodes.  Visit the Woza enanda Heritage Route that also has strong appeal to our young adventure tourists.  You can canoe, mountainbike, hire a quad bike or have coffee at one of the most breath-taking spots in Durban, Wushweni  - overlooking  the Inanda Dam.

Your experience in Durban has a warm African flavour that will touch your heart and soul wherever you visit.   We are a city that combines the perfect ingredients to make your holiday special, whether you want adventure, tranquillity, nightlife, live performances, exotic cuisine or just sun-filled days of complete relaxation at our finest beaches and hotels – the choices are endless.

Enjoy this special natural paradise, take advantage of the warm Indian Ocean that’s perfect for water sports, enjoy the  world-class shopping, fine dining restaurants, unique arts and culture and enjoy the magnificent beach promenade and be charmed by the warmth and sunshine smiles.  Not forgetting  to enjoy the line-up of the most exciting events from Umhlanga to Umlazi.  Some of the highlights being, Fact Durban Rocks, Durban Jazz Festival, Woza Durban Picnic, Umgababa Beach Festival, Durban Underground, Aquafest, Umhlanga Beach Festival, Sapphire Coast Beach Festival and so much more on offer!

Visit www.durbanexperience.co.za,  connect via twitter @DBNTourism and  like our Facebook page on DBNTourism and remember to hashtag  #DurbanSummer wherever you are in Sunsational Durban – 100% Pure Summer.

September 15
Durban wins rights to host Commonwealth Games 2022 - Halala

As one of the fastest growing economies within the Southern African Region, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal has become the darling of the regional and international tourists and investors over the last decade – helping it to retain its position as South Africa’s second largest provincial economy. The coastal City of Durban is the nerve centre of this remarkable growth trajectory which is attributed in the main to the province’s favorable climatic conditions and advanced developmental logistics suitable for global trade. These do feature the continent’s highly advanced sea-port, brand new King Shaka International Airport and the region’s largest convention facility – Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

Because of this, Durban is now a popular leisure tourist destination that offers diverse attractions for visitors. It is no surprise the city was voted South Africa’s friendliest metropolis in 2013 having also hosted some of the world’s biggest events like COP17 and the BRICS Summit. Boasting the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium, the city was also a catalyst in the country’s successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup festivities. Once again, World Routes Development Summit comes just about a week following the city’s successful hosting of another giant gathering, the 14th World Forestry Congress 2015. All these attributes have contributed to the trend of Durban as the first African city to host some of the world’s largest events and sporting galas.

The city is certainly carving a historical path of its own as it continues to win the admiration of international events organizers. On the 2nd September 2015, Durban added another accolade in its growing list, when it was declared the host for the prestigious Commonwealth Games in 2022 – once again making it the first African city to be granted the right to organize for the forthcoming razzamatazz of multiple sporting codes.

The excitement around this development will further instill a sense of justification amongst the organizers of the World Routes Development Summit that Durban was the correct choice for it to serve as the most convenient and suitable rendezvous for the world’s leading personalities in the aviation and tourism industries. Like the Commonwealth Games, World Routes, which is the largest global annual event of its kind – founded by a British company ASM Ltd back in 1995 to create an avenue for role players in the tourism and aviation business to cross-pollinate ideas on the development of integrated world class air-transportation routes, will be held on the Africa continent for the first time.

Commenting on this success, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Minister of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Michael Mabuyakhulu said the global community continues to trust the province and Durban to handle strategic events. He believes that, ``the world knows what we can offer in terms of the favourable climatic conditions, quality sporting and hospitality facilities, surface and air transportation networks and more significantly the diversity of cultures that are a replica of what the Commonwealth is all about’’.

Mr Mabuyakhulu was further delighted the 2022 games will be in July to coincide with the celebration of the birthday of the country’s founding President, Mr Nelson Mandela in July. ``There could be no better period for the South Africans to be joined by other nations in honouring Madiba’s contribution in the transformation of sport as an instrument to promote nation-building and world peace’’.

When the organisers of World Routes Development Summit, UBM decided in 2013 that the 21st installment of this international gathering would be held in South Africa’s coastal City of Durban in 2015, no one ever knew that the very same city would be announced once again as the first African destination to host such a massive sports event – the Commonwealth Games in seven years-time after the World Routes festivities.

World Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in August 2010. From 1st August 2012, Routes, ASM and the Airport Cities Conference and Exhibition became part of the UBM Live division of UBM plc.

Meanwhile, the World Routes Development Summit 2015 is taking place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (Durban ICC), starting on 19 September 2015 and ending on 22 September 2015. The gathering is expected to be graced by around 3000 delegates from more than 110 countries.

September 15
Come and See what Durban Has on Offer during World Routes Durban 2015

As the largest and most premier aviation and tourism event in the Routes portfolio, the World Routes Development Summit attracts the most senior representatives from airlines, airports and tourism authorities who wish to meet and discuss existing and plan new global flight routes. Scheduled for 19th – 22nd September 2015, World Routes is coming to South Africa’s sunniest City of Durban which boasts more tourist attractions than your heart could even desire.

In recent years, Durban which is located on the eastern sea-board in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal has become the world’s preferred destination for high profile events having successfully hosted mega-functions like COP17 and the BRICS Summit. This month, once again, the city welcomed around 5000 delegates that descended on its shores to attend the 14th World Forestry Congress 2015. It was also a catalyst in the country’s successful hosting of the football fans during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Furthermore, Durban has a strong economy that is backed by modern developmental logistics such as the new state of the art King Shaka International Airport and excellent tourist attractions – all of which will be of interest to the attendees of World Routes 2015.

In lieu of everything that Durban has on offer, KZN World Routes Hosting Team has planned various day tours that will take place before, during and after the summit. Not only will these tours give attendees the opportunity to network and rub shoulders in an informal, relaxed setting, but it will also highlight some of the enthralling and exciting activities that the city has on offer. Besides being a cosmopolitan destination, Durban also presents a real away from home experience for many international visitors as it’s embellished with many worlds in one – reflected in a tapestry of African, European and Oriental cultures.

For all the adrenalin junkies amongst attendees, there is a particularly exciting day tour planned and this will run before and after the course of many World Routes Business Sessions and Festivities. This sightseeing expedition will offer visitors the opportunity to explore the magnificent South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The three-hour trip that starts at the Durban ICC (Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre) at 7h30 will take the tourists to the magnificent Oribi Gorge. Upon arrival, attendees will have the opportunity to partake in activities like wild swings, slide or abseiling and thereafter they will be transferred to Leopard Rock for memorable pictures and lunch. The tour group will leave for Durban at 15h00 to arrive back in the city around 17h00 and those interested will part with only R2500.00 per person – which is a reasonable expenditure for this remarkable experience of the African beauty that the South Coast is renowned for.

For more information, please visit (http://www.routesonline.com/events/175/world-routes-2015/).

September 15
KwaZulu-Natal: South Africa’s Aerotropolis

Over the last couple of years, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal has positioned itself and its largest city, Durban as one of the go-to destinations on the African continent. Durban is a popular leisure tourist destination that offers diverse tourism products, and was deservedly voted South Africa’s friendliest city in 2013. Besides tourism, KwaZulu-Natal is home to other diverse industrial sectors that are spread across its eThekwini Metro and ten districts which make it the country’s second largest economy.

In recent years, the province has experienced significant growth in the events and conventions business which is attributed to its strategic location and well developed developmental logistics such as the brand new state of the art King Shaka International Airport, the continent’s largest convention centre, Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Conventional Centre and as well as the world class leisure and sporting facilities, including the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium that was mainly built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The province is capitalizing on its comparative and competitive advantages to advance its socio-economic ambitions to become the world’s gateway to the rest of the African region.

With the intensification of competition in the global market, KwaZulu-Natal continues to explore new options to position itself as preferred destination for both investment and tourism. This covers the investment in the development of industrial logistics which includes the repositioning of the purpose-built King Shaka International Airport as the nucleus for the development of a new aviation industry inspired conurbation on the northern fringes of Durban under the auspices of an integrated Industrial Development Zone called Dube Trade Port. The developmental project, dubbed Aerotropolis is a global concept where urban growth is influenced by aviation related business operations – with the airport as anchor that facilitates the movement of time-sensitive goods for both export and import markets and as well as tourist and business oriented passengers that require convenient multi-destinations connectivity.

The Dube Trade Port, which is soon to officially acquire the tag of being a Special Economic Zone where investors in the diverse industrial operations are served by multi-modal logistics that guarantee strategic linkages to global markets, is set to become a major trade and business hub in Sub-Saharan Africa. At the core of this positive development is the modern airport – with cutting-edge cargo handling and passenger capabilities where the largest wide-bodied new generation jumbo jets could easily land and lift-off. This aviation precinct is destined to be one of the world’s new types of cities, an aerotropolis that develops around air transportation logistics as stated above.

“Dubbing KwaZulu-Natal as an aerotropolis, signals the dawn of a highly competitive business-operating environment that boasts endless possibilities that are conducive for the acceleration of business efficiencies which is essential for enhanced global supply chain,” says KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Minister of Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Mr Michael Mabuyakhulu. “Because Durban is the province’s primary manufacturing center, it is positioned perfectly to broaden its industrial horizon through the advent of the emerging aerotropolis around King Shaka International Airport. The interconnectivity through road, rail, sea and air becomes our strong pedestal to market the province and the region as an ideal location for investment and tourism. The World Routes Development Summit provides that platform to expose our province and the city to influential figures in the aviation and tourism business as we want more airlines to consider direct flights to Durban as a reliable aviation hub.”

More importantly, the aerotropolis is strategically located between the country’s leading sea-ports of Durban and Richards Bay that handle a wide range of bulk commodities for export and import markets. In the very near future, these maritime facilities will be complemented by a new ground-breaking infrastructure development, the dig-out port on the Durban’s southern industrial basin that is championed to contend with the country’s bulging global trade volumes. The growth prospects therefore require complementary multi-modal logistics to present different transport options to the globally inclined business community.

It thus comes as no surprise that the World Routes Development Summit, as the largest and most premier aviation and tourism event in the Routes portfolio, is taking place on 19th – 22nd September 2015 where 3000 senior representatives from more than 110 countries in the fields of airlines, airports and tourism will meet to discuss the development of integrated world routes to promote symbiotic trade amongst the nations of the world.

Further to the World Routes Summit that is expected to position KwaZulu-Natal and the City of Durban as a key player with respect to global trade, it is also destined to highlight to potential investors the significance of Dube Trade Port’s butterfly effect on the province’s other diverse sectors that would culminate in the development of an aerotropolis which could be summed up as:

  • A freight-orientated development with world-class cargo facilities, managed by a single handler and is considered the most secure in Africa; 

     
  • Being purpose-built, specifically within a radius of 7,5km around the mighty Dube Trade Port; and 

     
  • One of few Aerotropolis developments around the world utilizing a Greenfield site, with an additional 32 000 acres ready for carefully planned and controlled development. 


“The future development of an aerotropolis also leaves a considerable space for public and private sectors’ co-operation which is a strong element of co-ordination and alignment with government’s broad and long term socio-economic developmental strategy, the National Development Plan”, added Mr Mabuyakhulu who further stated that hosting the World Routes function would inspire the development of the aerotropolis as some of the participants in the Routes festivities would be able to sample possible investment opportunities in the designated precinct.

World Routes organizes world-renowned airline and airport networking events through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there is one global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS respectively. For more information, please visit. www.routesonline.com

Resource: “Direct Access to Durban” report issued by Dube Trade Port

September 03
Our City On The Rise! It’s Africa’s Moment- Durban To Host 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban has officially been named the host City for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

EThekwini Municipality Mayor Councillor James Nxumalo and the Durban 2022 bid committee delegation from South Africa have signed the contract for Durban to stage the 2022 Commonwealth Games for the first time on African soil.

After the announcement in Auckland, New Zealand, eThekwini Mayor Councillor James Nxumalo thanked the Commonwealth Games Federation and all its members for giving Durban the opportunity to host the Games.

“We will be hosting these Games on behalf of the African continent which is about one billion people. It is history in the making, as these Games will be coming to the African continent for the first time. South Africa is under reconstruction and development, as we are building this new country which is non-racial, non-sexist and democratic,” he said.

An elated Nxumalo said: “The Games will be used to promote social cohesion and build our nation. Hosting the games will give our young people an opportunity to showcase their talent on the world stage in 2022 because we want them to be the champions of tomorrow.”

Nxumalo added that Durban is humbled by the decision of the Commonwealth Games Federation and asked Durban residents and South African citizens to rally behind the country to ensure that the Games become the greatest sporting event our country has ever seen.

“Durban continues to fly the flag of South Africa with pride,” he added.

Government is confident that the opportunity to host the Games in 2022 will accelerate infrastructure development and refurbishment of sports facilities in the City which will form part of the City’s sustainable sports development programmes, which will in turn improve the lives of underprivileged children and adults in various communities.

Durban’s vision supports and contributes to South Africa’s 2030 National Development Plan and is rooted in the desire to engage citizens, especially young people, athletes and the Commonwealth.

The Games concept features a compact venue plan centred around the sporting super-precinct of the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium and adjacent coastline, providing excellent opportunities for innovative sport presentation and enhanced athlete experience.

Now Durban has won the bid, the real work begins. What is important to note, is that 80 percent of the facilities where the games will be played already exist.

Chairman of the Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games Bid Committee, Mark Alexander said: “The real work starts now and there is a lot of work to be done for the next seven years. The upgrades of our facilities are in our current plans such as the building of the Athletics Village which is part of the 2030 housing requirements. We have budgeted R6.5 billion and that is what we will spend over the coming years.”

Durban is the gateway to Africa and has also over the years created hugely attractive tourism products which have increased the City’s appeal for not only planning and staging mega sporting events but also as a top tourism destination, earning it a spot at number seven in New York Times’ travel list of the world’s top 52 destinations in 2015.

The Games will elevate the eThekwini Municipality’s Long Term 2030 Development Plan vision, which aims to make Durban Africa’s most caring and liveable City.

The preparations of the 2022 Commonwealth Games have also assisted in fast-tracking major developments in our City. The Cornubia housing project has been identified as a cost-saving measure that will ensure that the units continue being used long after the Games have finished. The Athletes Village will be built as housing units and handed over to beneficiaries after the Games.

The eThekwini leadership is confident that our City has the expertise, capabilities and infrastructure to be able to handle about 200 000 visitors expected to come to Durban during the Games.

The Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network is underway and promises to offer a world-class 21st-century road network by 2022. It will provide a faster and more efficient public transport network to the City of Durban during the Games and beyond.

Economic Spinoffs and job opportunities

The City of Durban is contributing about R500 million for the seven-year period before the Games begin.

Government believes that the Games provide great prospects for economic growth. The financial support of the Games will not be a burden to ratepayers because the benefits will outweigh the financial contribution made by the City. Some of the economic benefits include:

  • Up to R20 billion in outputs to the economy, this translates to an estimated R11 billion Gross Domestic Product growth. International visitors are expected to contribute up to R12 billion, in direct expenditure.
     
  • Positive revenue impact across all sectors will be derived as a result of increased economic activity prior to, during and post the Games including the construction, hospitality and entertainment, accommodation, food and beverage, safety and security, transportation services, tourism as well other commercial and public sectors either directly or indirectly.
     
  • The delivery of 2022 Games will require the hiring of an estimated 1,000 full time staff members at its peak, who will work to ensure the successful delivery of the Games as part of the organising committee.
     
  • 3,400 additional employees directly linked to the Games.
     
  • The Volunteer programme is one of the Games’ legacy in the area of human capital development. It involves thousands of people, mostly students, but also a significant number of senior citizens who would support the fans, especially foreign tourists. About 10 000 volunteers will receive training.
     
  • The infrastructure investments will also require a number of employees to implement infrastructure upgrades as well as fast track new construction for example the Athlete’s Village. These may be in the form of full-time, part-time or contractor work in the construction industry.

Durban still remains the most favoured sports centre for many South Africa’s iconic annual sport events such as the famous Comrades Marathon, several rugby test and super XV matches, T20 international and domestic cricket matches, Bafana Bafana and premier soccer league matches and the Amashova Cycle Race.

With such an international and local track record of hosting major sports events, there is no better suited place to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

 
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