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The Bluff strives to be world’s first Whale Heritage Site

Candidate Whale Heritage Site The Bluff, Durban, South Africa, have set a target of June 2019 to finalize their WHS application and welcome on-site auditors as they progress towards WHS accreditation. Enhancing the site with creative and original initiatives, the management team have made fantastic progress towards developing ocean literacy initiatives and sustainable practices since they achieved Candidate Site status in 2017.

On the 24th October the Department of Environmental Affairs of the South African Government announced the approval of a network of 20 new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) that are representative of South Africa’s rich coastal and ocean biodiversity. This will increase protection of the ocean around South Africa from 0.4 to 5%.

Two of the 20 MPAs are situated within the territory of KwaZulu Natal province in which The Bluff Whale Heritage Site is located. This is massive news and a huge win for the marine environment!

Watch the Marine Protected Areas video below!

Durban gets new Ricksha buses!

Yesterday saw the launch of the multi-million rand state-of-the-art Ricksha buses and Sodurba got the chance to experience the first ride!!!

eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, said under her leadership she wants to see Durban increasing its market share of tourists dramatically in all seasons of the year.

Tourism is a major contributor in the city’s economy and with summer vacations looming on the horizon, the Municipality is pulling all the stops to look after the welfare of all its tourists.

“We are a city hard at work. Tourists that come to our city should automatically be our ambassador when they are gone back home. We will only do that by ensuring that we unceasingly meet their needs.

“Hopping on the Ricksha Bus is the most convenient way for them to explore the City’s tourism offerings where one is able to sight see scenic overviews of a range of Durban’s major attractions, while learning about the City’s history, its people and their heritage, cultural diversity and many more,” said Gumede.

She added: ” It is going to be an experience that will forever be engraved in the minds of many of our tourists we are very excited.”

Source: IOL

Destiny Making Waves!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Welcoming of the Whales Festival 2018!

Sodurba Community Tourism Organisation, in their ongoing commitment to promote South Durban as a premier tourism destination, in collaboration with local design consultancy, Umcebo Design officially introduced “Destiny the Whale” to the locals at this year festival.

The three-metre sculpture is the result of a major team effort by Sodurba, Umcebo Design, local business Fabricon, Eden College’s art departments, key sponsor CMH Kempster Ford South and SmartMatta, which has supplied recycled bottle tops in the specified whale colours to boost the amount of bottle tops collected by the community.

If you didn’t get a chance to meet with Destiny, she will return to Eden for their Ecofest and Art Exhibition. She will then be installed on the Bluff as a piece of public sculpture.

We’ve Moved!

We have relocated to our new home on the Bluff, come say Hi! Due to us moving offices. Our Telkom line is not in operation please contact us on 0764047800.

Whale Spotted!

Thank you Robin Opperman! Big thanks to Kempster Ford Edwin Swales & Fabricon for making this happen! Our community is ever so grateful!

Robin, creative director at Umcebo Design will be making a 3m humpback whale that will be partially clad with recycled plastic bottle caps for the Welcoming of the Whales Festival for Sodurba, in partnership with Eden College. We are collecting plastic bottle caps in: dark blue; black; white; grey and purple.

For anyone who would like to donate plastic bottle caps please contact us on 0314670404.

Last year we had the privilege of showcasing this beautiful creation at the first Welcoming of the Whales Festival.