By 2020 Durban will enjoy the reputation of Africa's most caring and liveable city, where all citizens live in harmony. This vision will be achieved by growing its economy and meeting peoples so that all citizens enjoy a high quality of life with equal opportunities, in a city that they are truly proud of.

The Challenge

The challenge facing the city is to create a strong base of good governance on which the three components of economic development, social enlistment and ecological sustainability can be built.

As part of this challenge five strategic areas have been identified in which small teams of professionalshave been placed to drive Area-Based Management and Development. At a political level, these teams report to and are supported by the ABM Subcommittee.The management teams bring together line function departments to add value to the work they are doing in each area.

These ABM programmes are essentially about driving developmental strategies, in an interdisciplinary way, through innovations and building a developmentally-based democracy.

The ABM programme areas are:

  • Cato Manor
    Cato Manor is an inner-city residential area which was the focus of the forced removal of over 150 000 people during the 1950s and 1960s and more recently it has been the beneficiary of a major Presidential Lead Programme of infrastructural projects over the past ten years. Now the focus is on economic and social development.

  • South Durban Basin (Southern Industrial Basin)
    The SDB is an area containing South Africa's largest manufacturing area in the midst of large communities of relatively poor residents. Here, the aim is to regenerate the industrial base, creating cleaner and greener industries, whilst improving the residential conditions of people in the area.

  • Inner eThekwini Regeneration and Urban Management Programme (iTRUMP)
    The iTRUMP programme drives regeneration and urban management in the inner city. A complex range of issues from stemming the tide of office flight to suburbs to dealing with the urban poor, informal trading and the like, require new innovative and interdisciplinary programmes.

  • Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (INK)
    The second largest black African township settlement in the country is located some 30 kilometres north of the CBD and contains well over half a million people with almost no economic opportunities oreven tertiary education facilities to serve the residents. This presidential programme is about generating economic activity as well as revitalizing residential and community areas.

  • Rural and Traditional Areas
    Over one-third of the city is rural in nature, containing less than 5% of the population living on communal land. The focus here is on addressing poverty and bringing intergrated development into areas which historically received very little support from government.