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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CBD Related Events

City Serve 2020
Date: November 28, 2020
Time: 8:30 am
Rise Up – Teachers’ Conference
September 12, 2020 8:00 am Rise Up – Teachers’ Conference

City Story is proud to present to you its second annual Rise Up Teachers’ Conference. Where events of this nature tend towards upskilling teachers alongside vague leadership lessons, our lens is different. This years Rise Up Conference carries the spirit of Unlocked, which has set the tone for the day-long conference happening on Saturday, 12 September 2020. Teachers from all around our City are invited to join us and we can’t wait to have them!

The day aims to not just build capacity and upskill teachers but to bless and appreciate teachers in a way they deserve. We want to leave them feeling valued, inspired, and filled with hope for the role they are given to play in building our nation one child at a time.

The conference aims to give teachers a new perspective on their role as City influencers and Nation Buildes, and that they CAN make a difference.

If you are a teacher, you need to be at this event. If you know a teacher, you need to buy them a ticket!

This is currently a SAVE THE DATE notice. More details will be made available soon.

The Station Urban Events Space, 65 Masabalala Yengwa Avenue, Stamford Hill, Durban, South Africa Alison Elliotte admin@citystory.durban