Archive by Author

Nottingham Road – Springrove Dam

If it weren’t for the Springrove Dam, completed in 2013, and which filled very quickly, Durban Metro and Pietermaritzburg would have been in dire straits due to the drought. Springrove Dam, on the Big Mooi releases water downstream, to the Mearns weir, where it is pumped into the Lions River, which feeds into Midmar Dam. […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

PMB – Old Edendale Road

The old Edendale road is now a back road into the city having been replaced by a wider more direct route. Edendale was originally a farming area on the fringes of the city and the old road would have been a busy route into the city, with stopovers for travelers. Along this route, I discovered […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Umhlanga – Dubai here we come

The Village has gone and Dubai is arriving on these Indian Ocean shores. These images illustrate the progress of the Pearls and Oceans developments until June 2017. (Some might differ as to whether this is progress, but each to their own). Certainly the village atmosphere is no more, with the bustle of taxis now mixing […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Fern Hill Hotel – Midmar

If you are looking for a getaway that is conveniently located, has a rich history, and a reputation for great cuisine and comfortable rooms, the Fern Hill Hotel near Midmar Dam is an obvious choice. It is also conveniently situated to the Midlands Meander, and the Drakensberg mountains, themselves a World Heritage site. This hotel, […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Estcourt – Klipfontein Farm aloes

      From mid May until mid July the aloes in KZN are a spectacle that can’t be missed. Along the freeways, and in some of the rural areas, the rather wintry, sombre landscapes are uplifted with these displays of orange and red. One bucket list item should be the Creighton aloe festival, and […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Durban – Deliberate neglect

This seems to be another example of deliberate neglect to evade the law, and requirements of IMAFA. This house in Durban’s Morningside, that used to belong to the Pickford family, is definitely protected. To get around the legal requirements, some new owners allow the property to degrade to the point they are condemned. Some owners even go […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Durban Beaches

The beauty of Durban’s  beachfront never fails to amaze me. People come and go, the seasons change, the tides come in and recede, people litter and disrespect our natural heritage, but somehow they (so far) recover.

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Art Deco Tour of Point by Prof. Franco Frescura

Last Sunday saw the Art Deco Society based in Durban, hosting a tour of the older remaining buildings on the Durban Point, by Professor  Franco Frescura, former Chair of Architecture at UKZN. The tour included discussions on buildings such as the Old Railway Station, Edwardian and Victorian residences, Warehouses, Seaman’s Institute, Port Officials houses, old […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Durban Hindu Temple – Shree Thakurdwala – Somtseu Road

After 3 days of rain the Durban Hindu Temple in Somtseu road was shining out like a beacon in the morning sun. This temple was one of three built by descendants of the original Indian settlers. Two were demolished to make way for the magistrates courts and Durban Station. This Temple is in immaculate condition […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →

Kearsney College – Bothas Hill

The complete album of this college can be viewed under Galleries – Schools & Universities and has images of the facilities, honours boards, and buildings, including the Chapel featured here.   Kearsney is a private school for boys that was founded by Sir Liege Hulett about 10 kilometers west of Stanger, but relocated to Botha’s […]

Comments Off Continue Reading →