Durban Residential

By | 11 Sep 2012


(Thank you to Peter Robinson for supplying the information below)

Residential areas tend to be divided into economic groupings.

1. High income earners often live in gated communities

Mount Edgecombe

Mount Edgecombe Golf Estate has many palatial homes, takes up a large area, and as a golf estate impacts on the natural environment.


Mount Edgecombe Entrance

2. Medium to higher income areas

Medium to higher income areas often have good views, are accessible, with large properties.


There may also be higher density living in these areas.  This block borders on the Umgeni River and overlooks Windsor Golf Course.



3. Lower income areas have high density living.

Flamingo Court is a municipal scheme where housing has been subsidized for low income earners. The block has many documented cases of family, alcohol and drug abuse. There is little social space available for the residents. Many of these developments have deteriorated as the residents do not pay the levies and the buildings go into rapid decline.



John Conradie House is an old age home. The siting of this building buffering on a low income area seems to have opened the building to crime.




Areas of Cato Manor are examples of low income area. Here RDP housing has been erected reasonably close to the city center. Construction is often done at as low a cost as possible. Here there are few access roads, footpaths are dominant; and established trees were removed rather than incorporated into the development.