It’s really amazing to see Durban city outrunning the city of Johannesburg and Cape city for the second time in offering a ‘high quality of life’ for the people.
According to a survey of world cities compiled by consulting firm Mercer, Durban led the pack in South Africa, ranking 85, followed by Cape Town at 92 and Johannesburg at 95.
This survey has been helpful to companies and organisations in determining the compensation and hardship allowances for international staff and criteria such as political stability, health care, education, crime, recreation and transport are used to arrive at this result.
However, Vienna, Austria’s grand capital on the Danube river, has the highest quality of life of all cities in the world, while the Iraqi capital Baghdad, once more, took its place at the bottom of the list.
Durban is well-known as the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. After Johannesburg, the Durban Metropolitan Area ranks second among the most populous urban areas in South Africa.
Switzerland’s Zurich, New Zealand’s Auckland, Germany’s Munich and Canada’s Vancouver followed Vienna – which reached the best position for the seventh time in a row – in the top five of most pleasant cities to live in.
Baghdad was again ranked lowest in the world. Waves of sectarian violence have swept through the city since the American-led invasion in 2003.
You will agree with me that the city did not rise higher than the two important cities in South Africa, this is because, the city is indeed endowed with all it takes to make life worth living for both business and pleasures. Doubt it? Here are interesting fact you must know about the city
Top 5 Facts About Durban City
Durban city has the busiest container port in Africa and one of the busiest in the Southern Hemisphere. Durban’s harbour entrance was widened and can now take some of the worlds largest “super ships”
The city is home to the Ushaka Marine World. This is the worlds 5th largest aquarium. Ushaka sits at the end of Durban City’s famous “Golden Mile”. The Golden Mile is a stretch of beach that runs 6 kilometres from Uhsaka to The Blue Lagoon
The Gateway shopping center is the largest shopping mall in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere and is situated in the Northern Durban suburb Umhlanga. The shopping center was modeled on the Mall of America, it has more than 350 stores and more than 70 restaurants, 18 movie theatres, 6 Nouveau Cinemas, an IMAX theatre, a theme park, a 4000 square meter skate park (designed by Tony Hawk), the world’s highest indoor climbing rock and the highest fountain in Africa.
Durban’s not known as Surf City for nothing – it’s one of the country’s top surfing spots, so if you’re keen to catch some waves, head on over to Dairy Beach, North Pier, and the Bay of Plenty. Unlike surf hot spots down the Cape coast where full-body wetsuits are required, the warm ocean temperature means surf shorts are in fashion all year round. Durban is also where surf legend – and one of the 10 greatest surfers of all time – Shaun Thomson, was born and bred.
The Durban International Airport was decommissioned just before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.The newly built King Shaka International Airport was opened on the 1st of May 2010. The new airport is situated 35 km North of the city in the La Mercy region.