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Durban tries to save the planet, but its poor live in another ...


Durban tries to save the planet, but its poor live in another world

City is one of 100 committed to climate action plans that will turn Paris Agreement into on-the-ground reality

Kim Harrisberg

After heavy rains swept away Nomandla Nqanula’s tin shack two years ago, she would pray whenever she saw clouds gathering over the fast-growing Quarry Road informal settlement in Durban.

But these days, a WhatsApp group on her smartphone pings with flood warnings, and another city-designed app reminds her and 14 other residents to monitor flooding risks and river pollution near her home.

“When I wake up, I feel I have lots of work to do, to protect the river and also protect the people who live here,” said the 33-year-old mother, standing outside her shack...

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