Durban - South Africa

// HistoryIt is thought that the first known inhabitants of the Durban area arrived from the north around 100,000 BC, according to carbon dating of rock art found in caves in the Drakensberg. These people were living in the central plains of KwaZulu-Natal until the expansion of Bantu people from the north sometime during the last millennium. Little is known of the history of the first residents, as there is no written history of the area before it was first mentioned by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who came to the KwaZulu-Natal coast while searching for a route from Europe to India. He

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shizz :

Hi does anyone know if it is possible to get a flight from the uk to Durban (South Africa) via Cape Town? i am looking at KLM and there flights to Durban go via Johannesberg, however they do fly to Cape town they just dont seem to use this as an option flying into Durban. I would much preferr to fly into Cape town as i have to stay in the airport over night and have been told Cape Town is a much safer and nicer airport. Thanks for any help. p.s im looking at flying on the 24th Jan returning on the 10th of Feb

ProfessionalGuyz :
"South African Airways 221 London-Cape Town 2015-1005+1 (Departs 24/1 , arrives 25/1) South African Airways 612 Cape Town-Durban 1135-1335 or South African Airways 616 Cape Town-Durban 1400-1600 or South African Airways 620 Cape Town-Durban 1700-1900 All above departs 25/1 South African Airways 613 Durban-Cape Town 1120-1330 or South African Airways 621 Durban-Cape Town 1645-1855 All above departs 10/2 South African Airways 220 Cape Town-London 2040-0655 (Departs 10/2 arrives 11/2) Hope this is of help."
kristinerae :

I will be studying abroad at the University of Kwazulu-Natal next year, and it's hard to find much info about Durban that isn't created for tourists. I am a Global Studies major in California, and will be studying in the Development Studies department at the UKZN. My specialty is African Development. I don't kow a lot about Durban in particular, what is it like being an educated, liberal, white American girl in Durban? I will be studying abroad at the University of Kwazulu-Natal next year, and it's hard to find much info about Durban that isn't created for tourists. I am a Global Studies major in California, and will be studying in the Development Studies department at the UKZN. My specialty is African Development. I don't kow a lot about Durban in particular, what is it like being an educated, liberal, white American girl in Durban? What I mean to express, is that I am NOT a cocky American. I apologize that this is how my question was perceived. I just wanted to know what I could expect, being what I am, not that I am better than anyone. I am being educated to help people, not judge them. Apologies....

Gabriel D :
"I am a boy, but anyway it sucks"
Diesel :
"Hello, I live in Durban. Let me tell you about Durban first. It is the 3rd biggest city and probably the 2nd tourist-attractive city in South Africa. It is situated in the east coast of the country and lines the Indian Ocean. It is well-equiped with entertainment establishments eg night clubs, hotels, soccer stadiums, cricket playgrounds, shopping malls and big shopping centres, beaches, and of course, cute guys. The University of KwaZulu Natal (generally known as the Natal University) is located about 5Km south-west of the Durban city center. During the day transport is abundant in between the city and the university. Metropolitan busses are more convinient, reliable, comfortable, safer, and not very cheap, but affordable. At night the metered cabs are the safest and are available 24 hours a day. The Durban International Airport is located about 7Km south of the city centre, or about 9Km south-east of the university. The university is within the neighbourhood of Glenwood (most of the people living there are rich). In Natal university, there's about 35% White students, 35% Black students, 25% Asians and about 5% Other. English is the media of communication. You can forget about buying winter wear, because it will be warm throughout the year, even in winter. Our temperatures range from 18'C to 27'C in summer, and ranges from about 12'C to 22'C in winter. About 3 Km away from the university, there are 2 private hospitals (Entabeni and StAugastine's) and 1 government hospital (King Edward VIII). Education-wise you will make the most of it. South Africa is one of the countries with high and up to date standard of tertiary education. I don't know what more I should tell you, but if you need to know more, just text your e-mail address to this number (if you don't mind) +447837463365 or +27823008789. I'm presently in London and will be back in Durban in 2 weeks."
Porgie :
"If you are going to study Developement Studies in SA, you had better stop thinking of yourself as all high and mighty. We have LOTS of educated white liberal girls in SA. What's it like being a brown educated liberal South African boy in America? Are you kidding me? Or Chicago or whatever? What were you thinking?"
scncvagatxorla :

Going to Durban July 07. Is it safe at Royal Hotel downtown? What customs should we be aware of?

dWali :
"I love the Royal, they offer the nicest lunches in the coffee shop for minimal prices. The royal is also a training hotel, which has pros and cons. The pros is that there is always some goodlooking waitrons, the biggest con is that you can REALLY hit a useless server. I am sure your stay in the hotel will be great. Try their curries, it is GREAT (If you like it hot) and The Top of the Royal does a brilliant buffet for next to nothing. The Royal is one of Durbans best kept secrets. (Everyone assumes its very expensive) The area around the Royal is not the safest. The symphony concerts are held in the city hall opposite the Hotel, and suecurity guards are deployed when such concerts are held. I personally have walked often in the area, but then i know the area well, I am a local and I am also a big fat old man. As a tourist i would not walk in the area around the hotel on my own after hours or on weekends. (There are many offices in the are, so it will be safe during office hours with the streets crowded). Customs that you should be aware of: No specifics I think, save the facts that many South Africans like me do not mind any SOUTH AFRICAN criticise my governmenta nd country, but when someone else does it I tend to grow very protective. I lived in KZN for a very long time and also consulted to government so I know KZN very well. Even though I stay in Johannesburg now, i can still assist with names of places and other help. Drop me an email if there is anything that I can do to help AND ENJOY YOUR STAY HERE."
tal :
"Today there are not that many places that are safe just be carefull"
chickyboo222 :
"I would say the hotel is lovely, but becareful of the staff. Oten things go missing in hotel rooms etc. So lock your valuables away because cleaning staff can get into your room. Also do NOT walk around at night unless in a big crowd (like 10 or more people). they have upped the security in the area, but no where is safe as said above. If you keep your eyes open and your wits about you, you will be fine."
zilber :
"the 2 customs u need to be aware of: 1) do NOT f*u*c*k with Zulus 2) do NOT f*u*c*k anybody ells"
Lise K :
"I agree with Dwali...........enjoy your stay."

 

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Besanto
Date: 2008-02-05 01:30:42

Canada has withdrawn its support for a UN anti-racism conference slated to take place in South Africa next year. The so-called Durban II conference "has gone completely off the rails" and Canada wants no part of it, said Jason Kenney, secretary of state for multiculturalism and Canadian identity.


cool_78
Date: 2008-02-05 01:30:42

The 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa, was a utter fiasco. The conference was hijacked by anti-Semites and West-hating NGOs. The atmosphere become so toxic that the United States and Israel withdrew their delegations. Canada joined other major nations in condemning the conference.


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Date: 2008-02-05 01:30:42

Canada will not support preparations for a UN anti-racism conference planned for Durban, South Africa, next year. The government claims the previous meeting in 2001 turned into an embarrassing promotion of racist attitudes.


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