Umbilo and Glenwood included in Durban tourism route
Durban - The Umbilo and Glenwood suburbs have been included on the Durban routes campaign to drive tourism in the area.
The Umbilo Business Forum (UBF) held the Durban routes launch at the Phansi Museum in Glenwood.
Darryl Moodie, of the UBF, said they were aiming to rejuvenate the area of Glenwood and Umbilo to attract local and international tourists. Moodie told residents and concerned businesses that Glenwood and Umbilo's destiny is in the hands of its citizens.
"Tourism is our agent of quick and powerful change. The forum plans to develop cellphone apps for each region, create a magazine and develop more private and public partnerships. said Moodie.
The Durban Routes tourism campaign was created some four years ago through a public-private partnership between the local (regional) Chambers of Commerce and Durban tourism authorities.
"Collectively we bring to you our top recommendations of route trips to meander, places to see, stop, eat, meet and play – all of which are shown as recommended flags on our customised google maps," Moodie explained.
The campaign also collects information on events taking place in and around Durban.
The launch was attended by community leaders, business leaders, property owners and general stakeholders of the Umbilo and Glenwood community.
Linda Mbonambi, eThekwini municipality head of area-based management for the south region, said they discussed and have taken action on some of the critical issues affecting Umbilo area.
Mbonambi said they were dealing with dilapidated infrastructure, Illegal service connection of water and electricity, dilapidated buildings, drug/substance abuse, unemployment, crime, grime and poverty.
"We have made a concerted effort to embark on joint efforts with a number of stakeholders to tackle issues in Dalton Hostel and surroundings. We have barely scratched the surface in terms of the resources we have been able to invest," he said.
"I feel we have just begun to weave the path to contribute to making Umbilo/Glenwood the best place to do business and live," he added.
Mbonambi said that in a recent workshop organized by the Organisational Development and Change Management Unit of eThekwini Municipality it was decided that the way forward to the issues affecting Umbilo need to be tackled through establishment of public-private partnerships; setting up of service level agreements; formulation of an action plan; focus on implementation;set up a monitoring and evaluation system and ensure political support.
"I am committed to ensuring that the above-mentioned solutions are crafted and implemented. I will leave no stone unturned to support my team to do what has to be done to achieve our collective goals. I will make it my task to ensure that I bring other senior colleagues from the executive management team to play their roles as well,"Mbonambi told guests.
"The Durban Routes is an exemplary effort to promote tourism as one of the important drivers of economic opportunity. Imagine what Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa would be if we all unite behind this monumental success and create economic and social opportunities in other sectors such as manufacturing, green technologies, service industry and so on. The sky is truly the limit," he added.
Mbonambi said he has held many conversations with the leadership of the UBF and appreciated how open-minded they are to include traditional leather workers (skin traders) in the business ecosystem of this area/region.
" This is significant because leather work (skin trading) provides opportunities for employment and livelihood for a number of hostel dwellers in the area," he said.
Mbonambi said Ian Campbell-Gillies, a UBF member, presented them with a map showing a range of land use activities in the Umbilo and Glenwood area.
"I am aware that there is a communication between industry, architects, green advocates (green camp), and others. We wish to encourage the UBF to continue to form productive alliances with the University of KwaZulu-Natal and local T-VET colleges because knowledge is a leading factor in production."Mbonambi said.