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DURBAN IN A WORD (article first published : 2008-05-19)

Durban in a Word: Contrasts and Colours in eThekwini is the fourth book in the series that paints portraits of South African cities. So far Johannesburg, Soweto and Cape Town – and now, Durban – have been covered.

On reading the first three in the series - Jo’burg to Jozi; Soweto Inside Out and A City Imagined - Dianne Stewart felt encouraged to cover the city of Durban, which she first glimpsed from the deck of a Union-Castle liner.

Durban is the second largest city in South Africa and she remembers that she felt a certain amount of trepidation in aiming to encapsulate the essence of this fascinating and multi-cultural city which “sweeps along the edge of the Indian Ocean at 29 degrees South and 31 degrees East.”

Durban – or Durbs to adopt local slang - is a strong tourist destination and houses what is arguably the largest population of Indians outside of India. The city never lacks greenery, the sun shines virtually every day, winter is a passing irritation, the sea is beautiful and the people represent a wide range of traditions and cultures, both nationally and internationally. In one day you can probably hear all 11 official languages - and then some! The city is overt in character – it’s busy, noisy and mildly chaotic like most metropolitan areas. With the flowering plants and trees as well as the glorious fabrics of the Indian saris, it’s also colourful and exotic. However, Durban is also an enigmatic city - never expect it to respond in a certain way because it’ll always surprise you.

Tough call to cover in a book of 186 pages!

Dianne Stewart’s choice of contributing writers ranged from well-known, award-winning authors and journalists to those who write as a hobby. Her brief was to create a piece of fiction, non-fiction or creative non-fiction of between 1,000 and 1,500 words that captured the essence of Durban. Hence the content of Durban in a Word offers 32 contributions with a wide variety of angles, opinions and memories.

The writers are Rick Andrew, Peter Ardington, Elana Bregin, Michael Cawood Green, Ntando Cele, John Conyngham, Imraan Coovadia, Neil Coppen, Patrick Coyne, Julia Glenday, Kirsten Goss, Ronnie Govender, Aziz Hassim, Glynis Horning, Daryl Ilbury, Peta Lee, Peter Machen, Praba Moodley, Sogen Moodley, Kobus Moolman, Helana Olivier, Terence Pillay, Devi Rajab, Jacqui Rey, Caroline Stewart, Dianne Stewart, Illa Thompson, John van de Ruit; Peggy Verbaan, Andrew Verster, Ingrid Winterbach and William Zulu. Dianne Stewart acknowledges her gratitude to the contributors who, as a way of contributing something back to the city that inspired their creativity, have donated all royalties from the sale of the book to the community-based organisation NOAH, Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity.

Durban in a Word a perfect book to give anyone about to visit the city, or having just enjoyed a stay here and can keep their memories and images alive through the writings. Also perfect for all those homesick ex Durbanites who have left or are about to leave these shores for pastures new. Edited by Dianne Stewart, Durban in a Word is published by Penguin and retails at R110. ISBN 014 302550-3 – Caroline Smart




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