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DURBAN, OUR AWARD WINNING HOME

UTILITIES:

2015 African Utility Week Industry Awards: “Municipality of the Year”

WATER & SANITATION:

2014 Winner of Stockholm Industry Water Award: “most progressive water utility in Africa and a forerunner in the world of utility-run service” – Stockholm International Water Institute

HOUSING:

2014 & 2015 Winner of “Govan Mbeki Award” for best Housing Delivery – and 2014 “SALGA Awards” for water quality & best housing delivery

ROADS:

2015 CAPSA Conference– eThekwini recognised as the leading road authority in Africa alongside SANRAL and no 1 in terms of internal capacity.

ENVIRONMENT:

2012 Winner “SA’s Greenest City Award”; 2013 & 2014 “Arbor City Award” and 1st African 100 Resilient Cities Partner (Rockerfeller Foundation)

UNESCO City of Literature: The United Nations

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recently named Durban the UNESCO City of Literature and is the first African City to receive this prestigious status 

INVESTMENT PROMOTION:

R700Bn on Durban Investment’s Dashboard & 2016 winner of “KZN Top Business Portfolio Award” for best Investment Promotion.

TREASURY & FINANCE:

One of the best Credit Ratings in SA municipal sector (AA- in long-term with positive watch and A1+ in short-term). “Unqualified” Audit Reports from the A.G.’s Office since 2000.

NEW

“7 WONDERS CITY OF THE WORLD” 2014

DURBAN #1 IN SA,

& WHOLE OF AFRICA FOR CAPITAL INVESTMENT GROWTH IN RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES, PLUS IN TOP 50 WORLDWIDE (@ #26) - 2016 KNIGHT FRANK GLOBAL RESIDENTIAL CITIES INDEX

SA’s “Top performing City for growth in millionaires since 2000” - New World Wealth Report, 2015 

Rated  Number 1 City in Africa for  “Quality Of Living” : Mercer Consulting in 2015, ’16 & ‘17

Rated by the New York Times as number 7 of their Top 52 Places to Go in 2015

National Geographic rated Durban in Top 10 Oceanfront Cities, globally in 2015

Voted by CNN as one of the world’s “Top 10 most underrated cities”; the Umhlanga Pier as the best globally, & the “Coolest City in SA”

Master Card Global Destination City Index predicts Durban to 1 of the fastest growing tourism cities in Africa & could be one of the fastest growing tourism city’s worldwide.

  • Durban was ranked as the least congested Metro City in SA, (Tom Tom Traffic Index, 2017) at 22% (compared to SA’s most congested City at 35%). 
     

  • Most affordable of all SA Metro Cities to live in – The 2016 “Numbeo” & “Expatistan” Cost of Living Indices. 
     

  • SA is #1 on the Top 10 Cheapest Countries for Transport (train, bus, & air) – 2014 GoEuro.com Report 
     

  • “GoBankingRates” 2016 Report ranked SA (and in several categories, Durban) as the cheapest country in the world to live and retire in, out of 112 countries. 

  • Durban #1 in SA, & whole of Africa for capital investment growth in residential properties, plus in Top 50 Worldwide (@ #26) - 2016 Knight Frank Global Residential Cities Index
     

  • Durban included in “7 Emerging Luxury Housing Markets To Watch in 2015” by Christies International Real Estate Group
     

  • SA is in the second quartile out of 189 countries on the 2016 World Bank “Doing Business Report”
     

  • SA’s in Top 25 Country Index: 2017 AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index

King Shaka International Airport ranked by SKYTRAX as the Best Airport Staff in Africa for 2017, & 2nd best airport in Africa by ACI, handling circa 5 million passengers