CBD Renewal – City Story

The Potential

What is Durban’s true identity?

Uplifting a city, its people and its profile requires a sound plan and a clear future focus that drives real action. The key is a commitment to working with Government, Businesses, NPO’s and citizens to collectively help the eThekwini Municipality achieve its vision for Durban’s inner city to be…

Africa’s leading, most vibrant, liveable, walk-able city centre.
(Providing economic, residential, sporting and leisure opportunities for all)

Now that is a vision we can all support!


The Plan

This vision forms part of the eThekwini Municipality’s

Inner City LAP (Local Area Plan). See details here

This includes 11 zones in and around Durban’s CBD, waterfront, beaches, transport hubs and sporting precincts.
CityStory supports the eThekwini Municipality’s development principles for Durban, which are to create:


  1. A connected city:
    – New integrated public transport network called “GoDurban”
    – New cycling lane network
    – New linkage roads
    – Upgrades to major transport hubs e.g. Warwick Junction
  2. A walk-able city:
    – New pedestrian priority network
    – Streets designed for a pleasant and safe pedestrian experience
    – Public transport in the right places
    – Point development with a new promenade
  3. An integrated & inclusive city:
    – New residential and tourism developments along the waterfront, parks and sporting areas as well as connections to public transport routes
    – Upgraded public spaces.


The Practice

We work with public and private entities already actively making a difference in the inner city, and then mobilise CityStory volunteers, or our “Community of Courage”, to action the plans of inner city renewal. The goal is to ultimately change the negative narrative of Durbanites to that of a positive one.

We are therefore supporting what the city is doing while practically loving its people. We get involved with many initiatives that uplift people, places and perspectives around Durban, e.g. beach clean-ups, urban upliftment projects, education initiatives and serving those who serve us, like police men and women, lifeguards, nurses, street cleaners, security guards, etc.

If you love Durban and believe, like us, that it can be a truly amazing place to live, then Sign-Up to JOIN our #CommunityOfCourage at our next event.

“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.“ – Gandhi

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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.

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CBD Related Events

City Serve
Date: November 30, 2019
Time: 8:00 am
November 30, 2019 8:00 am City Serve

Our annual City Serve event will be happening on Saturday, 30 November from 8AM-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. You can choose where to serve on the day!

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 – Police stations
Olive Tree Church – Florida Road – Life Guards

Beach Cleanup:
KZN Beach Cleanup – Bay 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
Isphepho Enviro Ambassadors – Nurdle Catchers
Wildoceanssa educational stand – North Beach

Kids Activities:
Breathe Ocean Conservation Snorkelling – Vetchies Beach
– Zebra Snorkel – Ushaka 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.

Durban Beachfront, South Africa Alison Elliotte admin@citystory.durban
October 31, 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 admin@citystory.durban