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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 you 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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Latest Content

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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Durban Shines the Brightest
May 30, 2019

The City of Durban has often received the negative title of “A Second Rate South African City,” with having no potential whatsoever of reaching...

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Beachfront & CBD Partnership Plan
May 23, 2019

  How does CityStory plan to effect real change? The key is a commitment to working with relevant organisations, government and citizens to collectively...

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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

Mandela Day Green Deeds
Date: July 18, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
July 18, 2019 10:00 am Mandela Day Green Deeds

No matter how small your action, Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better, just as Nelson Mandela did every day.

Join us for a Mandela day 67 minutes “Green Deeds” with our Rand Merchant Bank supported schools, EThekweni Municipality DSW and Indian Ocean Export Company as we will be giving our 67 Minutes to Nature by cleaning up Blue Lagoon beach.

Meet us at Green Hub at 9:30 for a clean up that will commence at 10:00.
The clean up material (rakes, refuse bags and gloves) will be provided, however with the big numbers we are expecting there’s a good chance we might run out of gloves, in that case we would like suggest your team come with a box of surgical gloves (If possible).

Please provide your own hats, closed shoes and refreshments.

For more information contact Nompilo Buthelezi on 031 322 2863/ 061 661 0641 or email

To see Green Corridors carbon footprint visit

Green Corridors 31 Stiebel Place, 4001 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Alison Elliotte
Durban International Film Festival, 2019 (40th year)
Date: July 18, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
July 18, 2019 6:00 pm Durban International Film Festival, 2019 (40th year)

2019 sees the 40th anniversary of South Africa’s longest-running film festival – the Durban International Film Festival.


The festival runs across 12 days towards the end of July and showcases over 180 screenings of current films from around the world, with a strong focus on South African and African cinema.


The DIFF offers screenings, workshops, discussions and industry support through the city of Durban focusing on bridging the gap in the lack of cinema spaces in communities like, Groutville, KwaMashu, Lamontville and Inanda. We encourage all Durbanites to get out there and show their support and appreciation for all the talented individuals involved!

For more information visit:

Various Venues - View event description for info Alison Elliotte
United Prayer
Date: July 25, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm
July 25, 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.

Greyville Racecourse, 150 Avondale Road 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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