Old Parachute Factory

A true testament to this areas attitude to history, the parachute factory was built in the midst of WWII to supply much needed goods.

After the war ended it was refurbished to serve peacetime need, and became the Stainbank soap factory. In 1924, it became the home of  Umbilo Secondary School (the school has since moved to Austerville), the first “coloured” school to be opened in the greater Durban area.

The philosophy of preserving and refitting military buildings rather than destroying them is clearly visible in this example, and shows how Sodurba embraces history and uses it to move forward, rather than being held back by it.