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Durban - Durban has done it again: added another accolade to its growing list of honours.

Now it has beaten Cape Town and Johannesburg to be named the South African city with the highest quality of life.

International company Mercer has released the results of its 2015 Quality of Living survey, placing Durban in 85th spot, ahead of Cape Town’s 91st and Johannesburg’s 94th place.

The ranking covered 230 cities around the world and a press release stated that Durban’s ranking was mainly due to its “high-quality housing, plentiful recreational offerings and good consumer goods availability”.

It was kept out of the top 50 because of crime problems.

But the city was also highlighted as one of the world’s evolving business centres.

The Quality of Living survey helps multinationals and other companies compensate their employees when placing them on international assignments.

City manager, Sibusiso Sithole, said the city was “thrilled” that its efforts to improve quality of life were being noticed and benchmarked against the best in the world.

“At the same time the blight in relation to crime issues remains a challenge. We will continue to work with law enforcement agencies especially in police station precincts where crime, especially violent crime, is considered to high.”

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