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Durban: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:49 am
The annual World Economic Forum on Africa will see a selection of impressive women tech entrepreneurs taking center stage in Durban, South Africa, with the aim of showcasing the wealth of entrepreneurial talent available on the continent. The 2017 meeting runs from Wednesday, May 3 to Friday, May 5, and will be conducted with the wider theme of “Achieving inclusive growth through responsive and responsible leadership” in mind. Women continue to be an important driver of African economies, with one-third of all businesses across Africa owned by women.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:46 am
South African coastal city Durban will no longer host the 2022 Commonwealth Games in five year’s time, as the city did not meet financial demands levied by the Commonwealth Games Federation. Durban was officially chosen as the host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the Federation’s general assembly in New Zealand last year in April. According to the South African government the decision was set to benefit the country’s economy with around $1.49 billion expected to be injected into the country.
Dana Sanchez, 2:37 pm
Marijuana is illegal in South Africa, but the country is a step closer to legalizing it for medicinal purposes. The South African government plans to soon publish proposed guidelines for production of cannabis, known locally as dagga. “This is a major breakthrough and fantastic news for freedom of choice,” said Narend Singh, MP for the Inkatha Freedom Party. The hemp industry is interested in legalizing the strain of cannabis used for hemp. SA imports $76 million worth of hemp products a year, Singh said. There’s also a case due to be heard in the Constitutional Court calling for full legalization including for recreational use.
Staff, 5:31 pm
In KwaZulu-Natal the strongest activity is along the North Coast from Durban to Ballito — popular among investors. Residential development in upscale areas such as uMhlanga and Sibaya is enormous, prompting converns of oversupply, but home prices are expected to increase. Durban’s North and South Beach areas, including The Point, have increased as popular residential areas, thanks in part to the general upgrade to the Promenade.
Dana Sanchez, 11:00 am
Durban’s potential tends to bubble beneath the surface, not quite as bold and direct as Johannesburg or Cape Town. A laid-back city on many counts, its art scene, rumored to be burgeoning for the last decade, may be better described as simmering slowly. “Durban isn’t an easy city for creatives. But that isn’t to say the city isn’t home to some really staggering talent,” says Jonas Barausse of Street Scene tours. For a little more context, I spend a morning with Carol Brown, a freelance consultant and curator who’s considered a doyenne of the Durban arts scene.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:05 am
South Africa has reaffirmed their commitment to hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the coastal city of Durban, despite failing to adhere to certain key deadlines this week. Durban was officially chosen as the host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the Federation’s general assembly in New Zealand this April.
Staff, 7:50 am
Durban is the largest “Indian” city outside India. That makes it curry central, and eating a spicy Indian dish here should top your tourist to-do list. Along with India’s well-known curry dishes like rogan josh you’ll find local concoctions such puri patha and the famous bunny chow. When you eat fiery curries in Durban’s sticky humidity, be prepared to feel the heat. Here’s the top pick of Durban’s best restaurants for curry.
Dana Sanchez, 11:52 pm
When the South African music, gqom — pronounced by squeezing your tongue to the roof of your mouth and then letting go, followed by the sound “om” — started reaching international audiences in 2015, its dark, electronic vibes were misunderstood. Gqom originates in the townships around Durban. Taxis play an important role in what’s defined as a hit in Durban gqom. If the taxi drivers play your tunes, they can become a hit very quickly. There are hits in every kasi or township.
Ishay Govender-Ypma, 6:00 am
Durban’s potential tends to bubble beneath the surface, not quite as bold and direct as Johannesburg or Cape Town. Durban is a laid-back city on many counts, and the art scene, which has been rumoured to be burgeoning for the last decade, simmers slowly. “Durban isn’t an easy city for creatives. But that isn’t to say the city isn’t home to some really staggering talent,” says Jonas Barausse of Street Scene tours. Unlike Cape Town and Johannesburg, there are fewer venues for the artists to display their works, and a smaller buying public to support them. Often, Durban’s artists spread their wings for the sake of opportunity and growth.
Dana Sanchez, 11:55 am
South Africa’s auto manufacturing industry has the potential to increase production by up 50 percent within 4 years if South Africa has a stable government, supportive policies and no labor disruptions, according to a local stakeholder. Black participation in the auto value chain is mainly at employee level, rather than in business ownership and control, Zuma said. That can and should change.
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