Upgraded Durban Beach Promenade is the Longest in Africa
The upgraded Durban beach promenade, which covers eight kilometres from the harbour mouth to the Blue Lagoon, is officially the longest beach promenade in Africa.
Unveiled to the public on 16 November 2019, the upgraded Durban beachfront promenade, which covers eight kilometres from the harbour mouth to the Blue Lagoon, is officially the longest beach promenade in Africa.
In an official statement on social media, eThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisis Kaunda explains that the new development, which began construction in March 2018, is aimed at uplifting the city.
'We have envisaged a development which will boost the economy and the tourism of this city,' he said.
The new promenade, which has been named Point Beach, is wheelchair friendly and boasts a first aid room, undercover parking bays, a lifegaurd tower and public bathroom facilities.
It aims to facilitate engagement between the public and the beachfront in Durban, allowing for visitors and locals to enjoy a range of offerings including the popular Ushaka Marine World. Offering a family-friendly space for picnics and walks with a few stalls and shops, Point Beach promenade is set to become a highly active public space.
'As a city, we have invested about R380 million to expand the promenade. You have seen that there were some shortages and now we have closed that gap,' said Mayor Kaunda.
Once an exclusive-use area, the beach promenade is open for public use during the construction of the new extension of the promenade. The extended promenade is the first phase of a development which forms part of the R35 billion Point Waterfront Development, which also includes the creation of a hotel and retail mall. Overall, construction of the Point Waterfront Development will stretch over the next 10 to 15 years.
'The second phase will boast residential and commercial facilities, with the third and final phase being a mixed-use development including an iconic 55 storey building which will change the skyline of Durban in the harbour mouth,' said Mayor Kaunda.
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Once the three-phase development has been completed, it will contribute to creating 6 750 permanent jobs.
Construction to connect the extended promenade with the new cruise terminal, which will be managed by Transnet, will begin in 2020. Mayor Kaunda explains that this will further extend the new beachfront promenade.
'This will further elevate the promenade, spanning 750 metres long and 30 metres wide, giving visitors and locals uninterrupted and continuous access into the Point Waterfront Precint along the beach and to the harbours edge,' he said.