#SAHeritage: As Durban glitters with Christmas lights, a new heritage route is announced

2017-12-15 07:30 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Rickshaw ride in Durban. (Photo: iStock)

Cape Town - A new inner-city heritage route has been launched in Durban which starts at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre and ends at the City Hall.

This is a new tourism route that was launched on Tuesday, 12 December to coincide with the switching on of the Christmas lights in the Central Business District (CBD).

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“There will be a history, cultural and heritage route within the inner-city. It is part of the urban renewal programme to bring people back to the inner city," said Acting Deputy City Manager of Economic Development and Planning Phillip Sithole at the launch.

"The route starts at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre which was a prison before. It also goes along the Gugu Dlamini Park, the old Station Building, the Post Office, The Workshop which was a station previously, before ending at City Hall."

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"Young people within the City need to be aware of our historical background,” adds Sithole.

EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede says that city is ready to welcome visitors as festive season switches to full gear, as Durban is a premier holiday destination.

“We have an operational festive season management committee with all the relevant clusters to ensure we deliver yet another wonderful and safe festive season,” she adds.

Other cities like Port Elizabeth also has inner-city heritage routes, and is a great way to discover your city on foot.

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