Durban's popular Golden Mile is set to be extended by 750 m, beyond Ushaka Marine World all the way to the harbour entrance, as part of a R300-million project linked to the Durban Point Waterfront mega development.

Durban Tourism CEO and acting eThekwini Deputy City Manager, Philip Sithole, revealed recently that construction on the new beachfront development would commence in January next year.

He was speaking at a media briefing at uMhlanga's Beverly Hills Hotel on catalytic tourism initiatives underway in Durban, aimed at taking the city's tourist appeal to a new level.

"The Point Waterfront Promenade Extension will be a key asset to our tourism sector. It is one of 25 catalytic projects being implemented and is a powerful demonstration of the commitment eThekwini has to transform the global and investor landscape of our city," says Sithole.

"Our city is evolving and transforming at a very rapid pace. The catalytic projects planned for Durban will have a huge economic and social impact. The promenade extension is a hugely exciting project that will set the scene for massive investment into the re-energised Durban Point Waterfront development.

"Construction on the promenade will take place from January 2018 through to September 2019. This new section will be 750-m long and 30-m wide. It will be followed by Phase 1 of the new Point Waterfront development plan, unlocking major investment, including a residential tower, retail mall and a hotel," he added.

Public amenities as part of the new promenade include change rooms, as well as ablution and staff facilities. A lifeguard facility is planned for the centre of the Point Waterfront Promenade, while new restaurant facilities will also be made available as part of the leisure mix. V Source: traveller24.com