Housing students at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies were recently introduced to Durban’s Inner City Local Area Vision at a seminar addressed by Strategy Co-ordinator at eThekwini Municipality, Ms Kieran Stepan.
The seminar focused on eThekwini Municipality’s inner city urban regeneration strategy.
The city has proposed that the amount of residential accommodation in the inner City be radically increased, projecting a future population of 450 000 people compared to the current estimate of 65 000. This is seen as a key driver of Inner City regeneration which Stepan spoke on.
‘The purpose of the regeneration programme is to reclaim abandoned buildings and urban spaces, attract new innovative investment and ideas, create social housing and develop connectivity and the integration of different modes of transport,’ said Stepan.
The nine districts covered by this plan include the Point, Albert Park, Warwick Junction, Greyville, Victoria Embankment, the beachfront, Greater Kings Park, the Umgeni Corridor and the Central Business District (CBD).
Stepan explained that the Inner City Local Area Plan (LAP) and the Inner City Master Plan exercise were currently underway with Warwick and Rivertown Precincts together with the iTrump list of buildings identified for possible conversion to social housing and affordable housing projects. The private sector interest in Rivertown will culminate in development proposals.
‘By 2030, eThekwini will be Africa’s most caring and liveable city,’ said Stepan.
Housing student Mr Njabulo Phewa added, ‘The talk was educational as we got to learn about the realities of integrated human settlements. Housing evolves the people and the environment they inhabit. It was informative to learn how eThekwini will address how people live in other places, the types of housing they occupy with a different way of making a living from urban to rural and geographical landscape.’