• UTILITIES: 2015 African Utility Week Industry Awards: “Municipality of the Year”
  • WATER & SANITATION: 2014 Winner of Stockholm Industry Water Award: “most progressive water utility in Africa and a forerunner in the world of utility-run service” – Stockholm International Water Institute
  • HOUSING: 2014 & 2015 Winner of “Govan Mbeki Award” for best Housing Delivery – “unparalleled record of housing delivery” – Judging Panel, and 2014 “SALGA Awards” for water quality & best housing delivery
  • ROADS: 2015 CAPSA Conference– eThekwini recognised as the leading road authority in Africa alongside SANRAL and no 1 in terms of internal capacity.
  • ENVIRONMENT: 2012 Winner “SA’s Greenest City Award”; 2013 & 2014 “Arbor City Award” and 1st African 100 Resilient Cities Partner (Rockerfeller Foundation)
  • SOLID WASTE: 2014 Professional Management Review Awards – “PMR Golden Arrow Award”
  • UNESCO City of Literature: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) named Durban in 2017 as their 1st “UNESCO City of Literature” in Africa (the first African City to receive this prestigious status)
  • INVESTMENT PROMOTION: R700Bn on the Durban Investment Dashboard & Invest Durban Unit as 2016 winner of “KZN Top Business Portfolio Award” for best Investment Promotion.
  • TREASURY & FINANCE: One of the best Credit Ratings in SA municipal sector (AA- in long-term with positive watch and A1+ in short-term). “Unqualified” Audit Reports from the A.G.’s Office since 2000.
  • New “7 Wonders City of the World” – 2014
  • SA’s “Top performing City for growth in millionaires since 2000” - New World Wealth Report, 2015
  • Rated Number 1 City in Africa for “Quality Of Living” : Mercer Consulting in 2015, ’16 & ‘17
  • Rated by the New York Times as number 7 of their Top 52 Places to Go in 2015
  • National Geographic rated Durban in Top 10 Oceanfront Cities, globally in 2015
  • Voted by CNN as one of the world’s “Top 10 most underrated cities”; the Umhlanga Pier as the best globally, & the “Coolest City in SA”
  • Master Card Global Destination City Index predicts Durban to 1 of the fastest growing tourism cities in Africa & could be one of the fastest growing tourism city’s worldwide.
  • Durban was ranked as the least congested Metro City in SA, according to the global “Tom Tom Traffic Index” (TTTI) 2017, at 22% (compared to SA’s most congested City at 35%). 390 Cities in 48 countries were indexed and ranked.
  • Most affordable of all SA Metro Cities to live in – The 2016 “Numbeo” & “Expatistan” Cost of Living Indices.
  • SA is #1 on the Top 10 Cheapest Countries for Transport (train, bus, & air) – 2014 GoEuro.com Report
  • “GoBankingRates” 2016 Report ranked SA (and in several categories, Durban) as the cheapest country in the world to live and retire in, out of 112 countries.
  • Durban #1 in SA, & whole of Africa for capital investment growth in residential properties, plus in Top 50 Worldwide (@ #26) - 2016 Knight Frank Global Residential Cities Index
  • Durban included in “7 Emerging Luxury Housing Markets To Watch in 2015” by Christies International Real Estate Group
  • SA is in the second quartile out of 189 countries on the 2016 World Bank “Doing Business Report”
  • SA’s in Top 25 Country Index: 2017 AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index