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Harlequins Rugby Team Golf Fundraiser

Sponsor a hole & promote your company. All funds go to the running of the rugby team in the 2021 season.

Date: Friday 6th November 2020. Venue: Bluff National Park. Cost: R500 per hole (18th hole R1000) Contact to book or enquiry: Wesley Slabbert Tel: 083 648 7043 Email: or Pierre Smuts: Tel: 076 154 2473 Email:

Heritage Day 2020 with Sodurba and Durban Tourism

Sodurba, with our partners Durban Tourism celebrated Heritage Day this year with a guided tour with Andre the Nature Guide through Kenneth Stainbank in Yellowwood Park.

Our guests were transported by Khubs Tours on a scenic and informative tour past the Cooper Lighthouse situated on Marine Drive. The Cooper Lighthouse was the first lighthouse that came into operation in 1867, at the time it was the only lighthouse on the east coast of Africa. In 1932 power was brought to the Bluff and the beam was increased from 150,000 to 3,000,000 candle power. Later in the 1930’s the badly corroded tower was reinforced by concrete casing and an observation gallery added. Then came WW2 and the lighthouse was demolished in 1941. In 1953 Cooper Lighthouse was built on the Bluff (named after H.C Cooper the lighthouse engineer) and in 1954 the lighthouse in Umhlanga was built.

On route we admired another Heritage Site the Nelson Mandela Stone in Wentworth in commemoration of former president Nelson Mandela’s willingness to engage with the Wentworth community in 1995, a garden representing Mandela’s compassion was established in Quality street, Wentworth. A stone symbolizing community strength was erected by SDCEA in this garden. Mandela’s humility inspired our South Durban community to continue the struggle against polluters and all forms of injustice, be it from government or local business.

This scenic but informative tour ended at Kenneth Stainbank where André Steenkamp did a short 1 hour walk through this hidden gem. Our guests ended with a lovely picnic parcel and fresh brewed coffee from Zebru Coffee Company, we all even attempted the Jeruselma Challenge!

Thank you to everyone that made this iconic day such a huge success!

Sodurba CTO Jeruselma Challenge #jersulemachallenge

Destiny island

20th August 2020

Destiny is our 2nd Public Art Piece, from the Welcoming of the Whales Festival. 

The piece is 3m long and was designed by Umcebo Design. 

Her armature was constructed by Fabricon Holdings with additional sponsorship from CMH Kempster Ford South, as our two anchor sponsors.

Educational initiatives and art projects, the creation of Destiny Island are to promote conservation as well as being an attraction along the Whale Heritage Route.

“We built the piece with the students at Eden College using a design by Mike McFadyean and are so pleased to see Sodurba and Fabricon installing it so beautifully. An example of effective creative waste management said Robin Opperman.” 

The piece is very important as it not only showcases public art and recycling, but it educates the public on the importance of whales in our ecosystem and global ecology.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors and have placed a board acknowledging their assistance, at “her” island, Destiny Island, on the corner of Grays Inn and Marine Drive, Bluff. 

We would also like to mention a thank you to Toyota Boshoku South Africa for the beautiful landscaping that they completed and St. Margaret’s Church Bluff for adopting the spot, which they will maintain and look after Destiny island.

“Destiny Island is a very important part of our Whale Heritage Route which starts at the Maritime Museum and ends at the View Points which have been established along our KZN Whale Coast. 

Said Helga du Preez Chairlady of Sodurba CTO”

The Bluff multicultural History includes a French historical background

Soyez les bien-venus ! Welcome !
The beautiful Bluff’s multicultural history includes a French historical background:

The French Missionary Order of The Oblates of Mary Immaculate” from Aix-en-Provence & Marseilles, France, first camped on the Bluff when they arrived in the early 1852. The catholic parish church in Sarmony Rd is still run by these Fathers

The French Holy Family Sisters from Bordeaux. The Sisters were responsible for the development of St Francis Xavier mission school from 1878. This was the first school for Africans in Natal. The pupilswere not only taught the 3 Rs, but also how to raise vegetables and care for the garden. Unfortunately, the school had to close in the 1960s because of the Group Areas Act. A Convent school still functions on the original site, but it was taken over by the Dominican Sisters. 

The Bluff has ties with Réunion Island, a French Overseas Department, through the horse racing world

The Bluff shares a whaling history with French ports: Bordeaux, Nantes amongst others…. 

The Bluff is home to many Francophones: poor car guards from Francophone Africa, people associated with the “Alliance Française DBN”, retired teachers and tourist guides…..

Credit: Glenn Flanagan
 Alliance Française, PMB Project Leader: French Presence in KwaZulu-Natal: La Route du Prince Impérial, Louis Napoléon

sodurba essential services accommodation providers 2020

Working closely with our members on obtaining the correct protocols and procedures in order to operate during this COVID-19 pandemic. Support local and help us to keep tourism alive within the South.

See below a list of our members that are offering essential workers accommodation at present.

4 Shore Guesthouse28 & 30 Foreshore Drive, BluffLeoni Oliver/ Winston031 467 4425082 877 
African Peninsula Guesthouse599 Marine Dr, BluffHarry Etheridge0314671045082 468
All Seasons B&B19 Sloane Road, Ocean ViewJJ Jordaan (janet)031 466 2923082 457
Bluff Holiday Accommodation485 Bluff Rd, BluffDenise Rawthee031 467 1685083 320
Hamelin Guesthouse16 Olympic Avenue BluffKelly Bengston031 467 2521073 491
Jo-Thams Guesthouse130 Cluwer Crescent Agnes Vermaak/ Thamendrie073 195 9500082 924
Oaklands Lodge341 Gray Park Rd, BluffJeannette 
Moon Hotel522 South Coast Rd ClairwoodRamoll Bugwandeen031 465 1711/2082 320
Ocean Blue Guesthouse237 Dr Hoosen Haffejee Road, BluffHelga du Preez031 467 3623083 321
Olive Room B&B10 John Geekie Road GlenmoreJohan Labuschagne031 261 1418082 514
Pleasant Waters83 Moss Rd, Ocean View, Bluff 4052David Nielsen031 467 9461082 336 
The Bridgewing250 Dr Hoosen Haffajee Rd, BluffFanie van Rooyen/ Stephanus031 467 0493083 777
Villa Le View Guest Lodge62 Dunville Rd, GrosvernorSuzette Niemand031 467 7299082 441
List of Sodurba’s Essential Service Provider Accommodation Details

Welcoming of the Whales 2020 on the KZN Whale coast

“My first hump-back whale for the season seen off Bluff yesterday eve just as southerly buster arrived! Good to know they have a safer passage right now on their way from Antarctica to their breeding waters in the Mozambique channel – with less sea-traffic, no imminent seismic surveys and no shark nets in the water keep your eyes peeled and share your sighting with the following hashtags below. Said by Dr Jean Harris Executive Director of Wildlands”

Thank you to our KZN Whale Coast group for these amazing photos of our first Humpback Whales on our coastline.

#sodurba #kznwhalecoast #wildoceansa

The Cutting

The Cutting (popularly known as Cuttings) is a backline reef which lies north and south of the Umlazi Canal and popular fishing / view point in Merebank. This is a popular spot for garrick, snoek, salmon, brusher. There is a pipe outlet off here in 18m which attracts a large shoal of bait fish and is a good spot for gamefish.

Directions from  Marine Drive which changes into Travancore Drive. Follow this round to Tanjore Drive which runs alongside the canal. Follow this road to the car park at the end.

Source: spearfishingsa

Welcoming of the Whales to the Bluff

Durban has it’s very own annual whale festival aptly named ‘Welcoming of the Whales Festival’. Held in conjunction with the World Whale Conference hosted in Durban this year (2017), the Welcoming of the Whales festival was part of the tourism drive of the South Durban community tourism organisation, Sodurba.

Sodurba is marketing the South Durban Basin as the Whale Coast with an emphasis on education, history and entertainment to entice tourists to visit the area.

This video showcases the Bluff, Durban, as an ideal spot for whale watching on the eastern coast of South Africa. The event is held annually at Anstey’s Beach where people are treated to an array of stalls and information on marine life. Produced by MARZAC Productions Sponsored by Sodurba Special Thanks to JP Prinsloo

Here are a few behind the scenes pictures from the 2017 event. Please follow this link to view our Facebook page with all the event pictures here!



The Bluff Athletic Club, situated in Smith Drive, Ocean View has served the community over the past 52 years. Being a non-profit organization its core aim is to provide the entire community with the facility and opportunity to participate in much needed and important physical activity, in this case road running.

Our club has the esteemed privilege of hosting a race which attracts athletes from all parts of the country to our beautiful suburb, and as such, we need to host an extraordinary event. Due to the success of last year, this year we again have taken on the responsibility of hosting a 42.2Km Marathon (comrades qualifier) as well as the half marathon (21.1km) & 15Km walk.

The race takes place on Sunday 12th November 2017. The anticipated entries would be in the region of 700-800 athletes, possibly more.

Since you have been open to supporting us, and are an integral part of our community, our request is for your organisation to become a part of this unique event by being a sponsor. Without sponsorship, we cannot provide the much anticipated shirts and medals, nor offer competitive cash prizes for our category winners.

Sponsorship options are as follows:

  • Main sponsors will be requested to give a donation of R10 000
  • Secondary sponsors will be requested to give a donation of R5 000
  • Water table sponsors will be asked to donate R500 & man a water table for the duration of the race
  • Alternatively, you may donate anything we can use towards our prize giving on the day

Main sponsors will have first choice on advertising sites on the field & have their logo printed on the race attire handed to athletes who have completed this tough race. This will ensure that your institution is well advertised at this event (as well other events to follow since our shirts are sought after and often wore in various events that follow). All sponsors will have their logo printed on the event flyer which will be handed out at several events prior to the race & may advertise on the day on the field. We kindly request that you consider coming on board with us and the Bluff community to ensure the success of this exciting event.

Should you wish to discuss the matter further please do not hesitate to contact either myself, Dennis (Chairman) or Shanna Lake.

PLEASE share if anyone can assist! Let’s make 2017 a huge success for all!

CHAIRMAN – Dennis Houston-Mcmillan
SECRETARY: Shanna Lake
076 186 3920 or 076 151 1175
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