One of the legacy projects of the 2010 Soccer World Cup has been the greening of Durban. Thousands of trees have been planted throughout the city and are starting to shoot with all the rain we’ve been having. What makes me even more excited, however, is the dune rehabilitation taking place along Durban’s kilometres of beach.
Previously, the beach met the promenade directly. A couple of years back, storm swells sent massive waves crashing into Durban, washing away sections of the promenade and damaging nearby restaurants. This, combined with fears of rising sea-levels, led to the idea behind the dune rehabilitation. Fences have been place around the new ‘dune’ areas, with pioneer plants and soil laid out between the fences. The wind has already blow sand into dune-like piles against the fences and, over the past few months, the plants in the dune area have taken off.
I jog along the promenade every week and I’ve also noticed many more birds and insects in the area. A really great project with hopefully lasting effect on the city of Durban.