DURBAN

Introduction

Info Durban


introduction

Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. After Johannesburg, the Durban Metropolitan Area ranks second among the most populous urban areas in South Africa, virtually ex-aequo with Cape Town. It is also the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg. It forms part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality.

Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. The municipality, which includes neighbouring towns, has a population of almost 3.5 million,making the combined municipality one of the biggest cities on the Indian Ocean coast of the African continent. The metropolitan land area of 2,292 square kilometres (885 sq mi) is comparatively larger than other South African cities, resulting in a somewhat lower population density of 1,513/km2(3,920/sq mi). It has the highest number of dollar millionaires added per year of any South African city with the number rising 200% between 2000 and 2014.

In May 2015, Durban was officially recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities together with Vigan, Doha, La Paz,Havana, Beirut, and Kuala Lumpur


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POPULATION :• City 595,061
• Metro 3,442,361
FOUNDED :   1880
TIME ZONE : SAST (UTC+2)
LANGUAGE :• English 49.8%
• Zulu 33.1%
• Xhosa 5.9%
• Afrikaans 3.6%
• Other 7.6%
RELIGION : Zion Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Catholic 7.1%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%, Muslim 1.5%, other Christian 36%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1%
AREA :• City 225.91 km2 (87.22 sq mi)
• Metro 2,292 km2 (885 sq mi)
ELEVATION :
COORDINATES : 29°53′S 31°03′E
SEX RATIO : Male: 
 Female: 
ETHNIC :• Black African 51.1%
• Coloured 8.6%
• Indian/Asian 24.0%
• White 15.3%
• Other 0.9%
AREA CODE : 031
POSTAL CODE : 4001
DIALING CODE :  +27 31
WEBSITE :  Official Website


Tourism
  • The Golden Mile: Segway and bike hires provide the best tour and experience of the Durban Beachfront.
  • uShaka Marine World, consisting of a water theme park and one of the largest aquariums in the world.
  • The Markets of Warwick—possibly the largest informal street market in South Africa
  • The Victoria Embankment (also known as the Esplanade) is home to many tourist sites.
  • Revolving Restaurant is present on the Victoria Embankment
  • The International Convention Centre (ICC)—the leading conference centre in Africa for the last 5 years, and rated 4th in the world in 2005.
  • uMhlanga Beach with the iconic lighthouse

Dining and entertainment areas

  • Florida Road, Morningside
  • uMhlanga Ridge
  • Swapo Road, Durban North

Nature and wildlife

  • Burman Bush
  • The Durban Botanic Gardens offer great scenery and occasional musical events near the lake.
  • Hawaan Forest
  • New Germany Nature Reserve
  • Pigeon Valley Nature reserve
  • Umgeni River Bird Park
  • Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

Casinos

  • Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World located on the beachfront in close proximity to the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
  • Sibaya Casino and Entertainment World

Shopping centres

  • Gateway Theatre of Shopping
  • The Pavilion Shopping Centre
  • Galleria on the Durban South Coast
  • Bridge City Shopping Centre in the Inanda, KwaMashu, Phoenix intersection
  • Westwood Mall
  • La Lucia Mall in Durban North
  • Musgrave Shopping Centre, Berea
  • Watercrest Shopping Center—Inanda road in the Hillcrest area
  • Rinaldo Shopping Centre in Durban North
  • City View Shopping Centre in Durban Central

Guides & Info

  • Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (Official Tourism Organisation for KZN Province), Tourist Junction Building, 3rd Floor, 160 Pine Street, Durban,  +27 31 366 7500fax: +27 31 305 6693, e-mail: .


Climate

Durban has a humid subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and pleasantly warm and dry winters, which are snow and frost-free. Durban has an annual rainfall of 1,009 millimetres (39.7 in). The average temperature in summer ranges around 24 °C (75 °F), while in winter the average temperature is 17 °C (63 °F). Sunrise in Durban on summer solstice occurs at 04:45 and sunset at 19:00; on winter solstice, sunrise is at 06:30 and sunset at 17:20. The rainy season is in summer which begins in November, ending in mid-April. Summers are sunny, hot and humid during the day, but are relieved by afternoon or evening thunderstorms. The city is also occasionally affected by tropical storms and cyclones during the cyclone season, which is from 15 November to 30 April. Winters, which are from June to August, are generally warm and sunny.

Climate data for Durban

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec 
Record high °C (°F)36.2
(97.2)
33.9
(93)
34.8
(94.6)
36.0
(96.8)
33.8
(92.8)
35.7
(96.3)
33.8
(92.8)
35.9
(96.6)
36.9
(98.4)
40.0
(104)
33.5
(92.3)
35.9
(96.6)
 
Average high °C (°F)27.8
(82)
28.0
(82.4)
27.7
(81.9)
26.1
(79)
24.5
(76.1)
23.0
(73.4)
22.6
(72.7)
22.8
(73)
23.3
(73.9)
24.0
(75.2)
25.2
(77.4)
26.9
(80.4)
 
Daily mean °C (°F)24.1
(75.4)
24.3
(75.7)
23.7
(74.7)
21.6
(70.9)
19.1
(66.4)
16.6
(61.9)
16.5
(61.7)
17.7
(63.9)
19.2
(66.6)
20.1
(68.2)
21.4
(70.5)
23.1
(73.6)
 
Average low °C (°F)21.1
(70)
21.1
(70)
20.3
(68.5)
17.4
(63.3)
13.8
(56.8)
10.6
(51.1)
10.5
(50.9)
12.5
(54.5)
15.3
(59.5)
16.8
(62.2)
18.3
(64.9)
20.0
(68)
 
Record low °C (°F)14.0
(57.2)
13.3
(55.9)
11.6
(52.9)
8.6
(47.5)
4.9
(40.8)
3.5
(38.3)
2.6
(36.7)
2.6
(36.7)
4.5
(40.1)
8.3
(46.9)
10.3
(50.5)
11.8
(53.2)


Geography

Durban and its suburbs are hilly, except for locations in and around the central business district and the harbour.


Economy

The Durban Metropolitan Area (DMA) has a large and diversified economy with strong manufacturing, tourism, transportation, finance and government sectors. Its coastal location and large port gives it comparative advantage over many other centers in South Africa for export-related industry. Durban's subtropical climate, warm marine current and culturally diverse population has drawn in tourists.

Durban remains the third richest city in South Africa. In 2015, a report by AfrAsia Bank and research company New World Wealth listed Durban among the top cities in Africa with the most millionaires. Durban placed 7th with 2700 millionaires 

The city has revitalised its inner areas with the new Durban Point Waterfront development south-east of downtown sporting uShaka Marine World and many new residential and leisure developments. Efforts by the city to clean up the business district, new developments in Point and the 2010 FIFA World Cup stadium north of the CBD (Moses Mabidha Stadium) has aided in the economic turnaround. In 2010, Durban was rated as a Gamma-level global city.

The Durban Metropolitan Area is the main economic driver in KwaZulu-Natal, contributing over half of the province's output, employment and income. In national terms, Durban is the second most important economic complex after Gauteng, accounting for 15% of national output, 14% of household income and 11% of national employment. Regional development corridors link Durban northwards to Richards Bay and Maputo, and westward to Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg.

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