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Welcome to City Story

What is Durban’s true identity? Too many Durbanites believe a negative narrative about our city. We know that there are real challenges that need to be addressed, that is why CityStory exists… but let’s also celebrate what is great about Durban.
For example, Did you know Durban is the most internationally awarded City in South Africa!

CityStory is a collective of passionate individuals who’s ambition is to see Durban grow into a hub of excellence.
If you would like to shape Durban, we’d love to hear from you, and connect you to like minded people in your area of interest.

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What is City Serve all about?
November 29, 2019

On Saturday, 30 November, citizens of Durban from all walks and spheres of life are coming together to serve our city by cleaning its...

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Set Ablaze Conference
July 30, 2019

We met with Nadine Wright and Sam Jordt from Nation Changers who gave us an idea of what its about and to hear more...

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City Story – by KZN Invest
June 7, 2019

I was among the chorus of passionate Durbanites who rallied against the Carte Blanche story which aired on November 18 last year under the...

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Would you like to be involved in shaping Durban?

If so, we'd love to hear from you, and connect you to like minded people in your area of interest.

Latest Events

November 28, 2019 6:00 pm United Prayer

Join us as we hold a United Prayer meeting to lift up our incredible city.

We understand the power of gathering to pray, so spread the word and join us as we unite in prayer over Durban.

Enter through Gate 8, 150 Avondale Road and follow the signage to the venue, we hope to see you there. Spread the word by sharing this event and join us as we unite in prayer. We are in the Palm Court room tonight.

Greyville Racecourse, 150 Avondale Road, Enter through Gate 8, 150 Avondale Road, Palm Court Room Alison Elliotte
LIV Christmas Market
Date: November 28, 2019
Time: 9:00 am
November 28, 2019 9:00 am LIV Christmas Market

28-30 November, Thursday 9AM – Saturday 4PM.

The annual Christmas Market at Tich and Joan Smith’s home! (founders of LIV Village).There will be coffee and cake and different vendors (with clothing, accesories, jewelry, gift cards, gift wrapping, art, and more!). It’s the perfect place to do your Christmas shopping!

102 Forest Drive, Umhlanga Rocks Alison Elliotte
City Serve – 2019
Date: November 30, 2019
Time: 8:30 am
November 30, 2019 8:30 am City Serve – 2019

Our annual City Serve event will be happening on Saturday, 30 November from 8:30AM-12PM along the Golden Mile of Durban under the theme of “Serving the Servers of our City”

We have partnered with multiple organizations who will be leading various initiatives across the entire beach precinct. When it comes to serving on the day, you can choose where you would like to serve! Make sure you are at the beach that the organization/group you want to join will be serving on at 8:30AM.

Serving the Servers:
The Rock Church Durban & Harvest Church – Addington Hospital
Every Nation Durban – Pirates Beach car-guards
New Beginnings Bible Church – Street vendors
Impilo Centre – North Beach Police Station
Olive Tree Church – Florida Road – Life Guards (Surfriders Restaurant)

Beach Cleanup:
KZN Beach Cleanup – Bay of Plenty Beach
The Litterboom Project – Circus Circus/Snake Park Beach
Waste Action Tribe – Circus Circus/Snake Park Beach
Planet Protector – Pirates Beach
Durbanites Against Plastic Pollution – Pirates Beach
Sea Shepherd South Africa – South Beach
Durban Undersea Club scuba cleanup – Vetchies Beach
Green Corridors – Suncoast Beach

Other Activities:
Litter4tokens – Nurdle Catchers – Bay of Plenty Beach
Isphepho Enviro Ambassadors – Nurdle Catchers – Bay of Plenty Beach

Kids Activities:
Breathe Ocean Conservation Snorkelling – Vetchies Beach
– Zebra Shark Adventure Snorkel – Vetchies Beach

By the end of this incredible day, we want those who serve our City to walk away feeling appreciated, loved, and filled with hope and joy for the City they work so hard to keep clean. To achieve this, we will be scattering teams along the Durban Golden Mile between Suncoast & The Point to clean up specific areas, as well as appreciating and encouraging City employees designated to these parts of the city.

(more…) Durban Beachfront, South Africa Alison Elliotte
Frequently Asked Questions

When we say, “Durban can become one of the most desired African cities to live in”, we are referring to the whole of the eThekwini Municipality i.e. the greater Durban area.

Although many people have written off the CBD because of crime and drugs, there is a trend that shows more diverse groups of people being attracted back into the CBD who enjoy the facilities and lifestyle that Durban has to offer. We therefore aim to change the negative narrative in the media and in our everyday conversations about Durban. Simply put, the CBD is right in the middle of our greatest assets and we need it to be safe, beautiful and flourishing in order for us to thrive as a city.

Having said that, it is important to realise that the Durban CBD, the beaches, the Point, the harbour and the main sporting precinct still hold key Durban attractions that drive our city’s economy. Think about our Cricket, Rugby and Soccer stadiums, the beaches, the promenade, uShaka Marine World, the ICC and the Exhibition Centre – these features are what keep Durban alive and vibrant by attracting big events and driving tourism. Along with the key geographic location of our harbour, these assets grow our economy and that, in turn, improves Durban’s reputation.

Our motto is to CONNECT, COLLABORATE, CHANGE. We therefore aim to connect local government, businesses and churches and collaborate with the people of this city. This can only be achieved as a collective effort, so if you want to be part of this movement, join our #CommunityOfCourage by signing up here.

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