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
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...