Hearts of darkness and light: ode to an African city

An ode to the African city, vibrant in its decay

10 March 2024 - 00:00 By BUSANI NGCAWENI

Oh Durban! My eThekwini, you are not alone in perpetual regression. Like your sister cities Jozi, Freetown, Bangui, Luanda and many more, you are joining many other stepchildren of the empire. You have your Riviera and Butterworth dungeons, Jozi has the Summit and Little Roseneath, Mombasa has the Sheratton (with a double t); a deceitful misrepresentation of Trumpian proportions. Finally, my ’hood is wearing the crown of decadence bequeathed to the African city by misuse of statecraft...

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