Durban: A great city, but a terrible municipality

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Durban: A great city, but a terrible municipality

On the eve of the festive season, the eThekwini municipality seems unable to ensure clean coastal waters for the thousands of visitors expected in South Africa’s holiday playground, writes GREG ARDÉ.

MXOLISI KAUNDA, dubbed the first citizen of “Dirtbin” by some, seems damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t, but the big question is: can he redeem the reputation of a holiday city that many still deem delightful?

The eThekwini mayor has been challenged to don his baggies and dive into the sea, where E. coli are thriving thanks to a severely compromised sanitation system.

The stunt might prove sceptics wrong by showing it is safe to swim in the waters off a city nostalgically regarded by many as South Africa’s holiday playground...

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