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

18 May 2021 - 19:48 By 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...

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