Durban: Beneath the grime, the glory


Durban: Beneath the grime, the glory

Repurposed or ruined, Durban’s glam architectural heyday is still evident if you know where to look

Staff reporters

The Durban CBD was, once upon a time, the place to be. Although some swish establishments still stand, many have taken on decidedly less fashionable reputations in the past two decades, some falling into ruin, as the character of the city has changed and businesses have moved out to the suburbs. We take a tour down memory lane.


It was an institution, a glamorous department store reminiscent of swanky European high street establishments, half shop, half museum of excess and aspiration. ..

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