The next time you visit Durban, things will look a little different - especially on the beachfront.
On Saturday the city unveiled their brand new promenade, stretching from Blue Lagoon, past uShaka Marine World all the way to the Durban Harbour - eight kilometres long. It's lauded as the longest promenade in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The promenade expansion - which extended the Golden Mile by 750 metres - is part of a R300 million project linked to the Durban Point Waterfront mega-development. The expansion, which started construction in January 2018, cost just under R400 million.
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It was inaugurated with a fun walk with around 6 000 residents alongside Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda, who cut a ribbon at the start of the promenade.
The promenade will become a springboard for further development along its boundary, which includes a 29-storey residential building, hotel and retail mall. It will also connect to the upcoming KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) that also started construction on Saturday.
KCT holds a 25-year port concession to finance, construct, operate, maintain and transfer the new Cruise Terminal Facility in the Port of Durban at an estimated value of more than R200 million. KCT has been finalising the detailed design of the Cruise Terminal Building and the anticipated commissioning of the project is 2020/21.
Transnet plans to commence construction on its own section of the promenade in Quarter 3 of 2020 which will connect to the new Cruise Terminal, allowing cruise passengers direct access and connections to the Central Beachfront with relative ease and safety.
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Watch the new promenade from the skies in the video below:
Safety over the festive season
Over the busy festive season, Durban has developed a detailed plan and recruited many safety personnel to ensure beachgoers have fun in the sun without too much worry.
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Here are some of the details:
- 50 pool guides and 50 beach buddies will be recruited to ensure that beach and pool patrons are kept safe.
- Childminders will be deployed from 06:00 to 18:00 and every child entering the beach will be tagged with particulars of their parent or guardian in the event of separation to facilitate parent and child are reunited efficiently.
- Additional security resources will be procured through their Security Management Unit and the Law Enforcement operating hours will be extended during the festive season.
- In addition to their 75 permanent cleaning staff, 60 additional staff will be sourced. All ablution facilities will close at 22:00.
- The beach cleaning services will be increased with 56 seasonal staff together with 48 permanent staff on a 24-hour operation base. An additional 200 litter pickers will be appointed for the festive season to augment the staffing provided by Parks and Durban Solid Waste.
- The City will implement the Park & Ride facilities that will be based mainly at the old drive-in to ease traffic congestion in and around the beachfront.
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