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Eye spy an outcry as Durban plots to wheel out a R450m ‘white ...

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Eye spy an outcry as Durban plots to wheel out a R450m ‘white elephant’

In the wake of Covid, unrest and floods, a proposed giant Ferris wheel has become the eye of a public storm

Senior reporter

Still reeling from last year’s unrest and two devastating floods, Durban residents are hardly impressed by a proposed R450m Ferris wheel.

At Africa’s Travel Indaba earlier this month, KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala announced that the Durban Eye was among several projects on the cards to reignite the province’s tourism sector, hard-hit by Covid-19, the July unrest and the recent deadly floods.

While local and provincial governments say the attraction, to be located in the Point Waterfront precinct, will bring in much-needed revenue, some residents, political parties and civic activists believe it will become another white elephant, much like the SkyCar at the Moses Mabhida stadium, which hasn’t functioned since it broke down in 2018...

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