Point Waterfront

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Point Waterfront
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceKwaZulu-Natal
MunicipalityeThekwini
Main PlaceDurban
 • Councillor(ANC)
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Websitewww.durban.gov.za www.durbanpoint.co.za

Point Waterfront is a harbour-side town located at the entrance to the Port of Durban. During the last 50 years the town suffered decay and was left mostly abandoned. The uShaka Marine World is located here.

History[edit]

The Point Waterfront was the home of Mahatma Gandhi during the 1900s. Mahatma Gandhi Road (Formerly Point Road) was the site of the first public toilets in South Africa, which still function today.

Events[edit]

The South African Navy Open Day 2017 was hosted here as part of the South African Armed Forces Day Celebrations 2017

Development[edit]

Point Waterfront Development Project
Point Waterfront is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Point Waterfront
Location within KwaZulu-Natal
Alternative namesPoint Precinct
General information
Town or cityPoint Waterfront, Durban
Country South Africa
Coordinates29°51′40″S 31°02′10″E / 29.8611°S 31.0360°E / -29.8611; 31.0360Coordinates: 29°51′40″S 31°02′10″E / 29.8611°S 31.0360°E / -29.8611; 31.0360
Construction startedEarly 2000s
Completed2022[1]
CostUS$460 Million+ (R6 Billion+)
OwnereThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, UEM Sunrise Group Malaysia
Technical details
Structural systemMixed use
Floor count55 Storeys
Design and construction
Architecture firmCox Architecture[2]
Main contractoreThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and Tongaat Hulett Developments
Website
[1]

After a long wait, eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and UEM Sunrise Group Malaysia partnered to form the Point Development Company. The plans include the development of a 55-storey tower. A number of residents objected to this, stating that the development would "obstruct their sea-view". However, due to the minimal number of objections, the project will go ahead. In June 2017, the developers gave three watersport clubs a notice to vacate within two months so that construction could go ahead.[3]

The new Durban Cruise Terminal will also be located here. Many private investment developments have been constructed. One significant development which has become a popular high-rise landmark here is The Spinnaker (Building). The Turning Point Apartments will be constructed here.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "It's all systems go for Point Waterfront - IOL". Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Skyscrapers fears for Durban beachfront - IOL". Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  3. ^ http://bereamail.co.za/111981/point-development-project-gives-sports-clubs-notice-vacate/