26 February 2016

For immediate release 

Launch of EThekwini Urban Environmental Profile

Members of the media are invited to the launch of the eThekwini Urban Environmental Profile on Tuesday, 1 March 2016 at the Durban Botanical Gardens. The project is a joint venture between the World Bank and eThekwini Municipality to find ways to address the impact of urbanisation on the environment.

A study was conducted looking at three African cities, namely Durban, Kampala in Uganda and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, to discover the environmental statuses in these cities and how they can be improved.

The World Bank will present feedback on the study at the launch as well as provide ways to promote green urban development in African cities. The presentation will also highlight the impact of urbanisation on economic growth and investments in cities. 

EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo said Durban has experienced rapid urbanisation.

“I believe that the findings of the study will highlight strategies the City uses to address environmental challenges as a result of urbanisation. It will also enhance the ability of the Municipality to make informed decisions on land use, planning and environmental issues,” said Nxumalo.

Nxumalo will be accompanied by the World Bank Director Mr Guang Zhe Cheng and other prominent dignitaries from various environmental sectors and institutions as well as senior management of the Municipality at the launch.

The media is invited to attend the event. The details are as follows:

DATE : 1 March 2016

​VENUE : Botanical Gardens 

TIME : 09h00 


Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information contact Gugu Mbonambi on 031 311 4855 or email:​ or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or email 

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