Durban Community News

KZN floods death toll at 306, more rain on the way

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Years of underspending on repairs and maintenance of city infrastructure, blocked stormwater systems and exceptional levels of plastic pollution further blocking drainage channels are likely to become a critical focal point as the analysis of the most recent KZN floods disaster unfolds in the coming weeks and months. The heaviest rains in 60 years pummelled Durban’s municipality, known as eThekwini. According to an AFP tally. The storm is the deadliest on record in South Africa. “By the evening of 13 April, we have been informed that the death toll from the floods disaster in KZN (KwaZulu-Natal) province has risen to 306 people” Nonala Ndlovu, spokeswoman for the provincial disaster management department said. Read more on EWN and on Daily Maverick

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“The media sparked racial connotations – Phoenix resident”

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The aftermath of the rioting and looting in KZN in July continues to be felt. The Phoenix community that had to respond to the violence has been accused of being racist and violent, and therefore a focal point of the recent municipal elections and commission of investigation The narrative in the mainstream media seems to follow those with power, ie the ANC, and paint the residents as going on the offensive and attacking the looters. Some believe it is best appease the ANC and paint Phoenix with a narrow brush, thereby throwing them to the wolves and “escaping” from repercussions. This follows a disturbing trend of Indians being painted as racist in a volatile political environment. For some pernicious reasons, the imprisonment of Zuma and initial violence at Estcourt, as well as the looting and violence by KZN residents, is …

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Amitabh Bachchan asks for support to Chatsworth’s ABH Diwali Radiothon

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Legendary Indian film icon and ABH ambassador, Amitabh Bachchan urges people to support the ABH Diwali Radiothon. The event takes place today(3 November) from 7am to 6pm. Funds raised will be used to build our new Children’s Home at the ABH’s headquarters (80 Arena Park Drive, Chatsworth). If you’d like to make a pledge, please call 031 404 9523 or email To share your gifts directly, please use details below: First National BankAcc: ABH FundraisingAcc No: 50830022344  Current Account  Branch Code: 250655Branch: Chatsworth, Ref: Kids and your mobile numberInternational donations: SWIFT code: FIRNZAJJ Please email gift value to for us to track and share our gratitude. Thank you very much for helping our children. Happy Diwali 💙 Also read: Upcoming Aryan Benevolent Home (ABH) Diwali Radiothon – 3 November

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Upcoming Aryan Benevolent Home (ABH) Diwali Radiothon – 3 November


The Aryan Benevolent Home (ABH) is excited about the upcoming ABH Diwali Radiothon which takes place from 7am to 6pm on 3 November 2021. The annual event hosted by Hindvani is a critical fundraiser for the ABH. The theme for this year’s Radiothon is Brick by Brick. Funds raised will be used to build the new Children’s Home at the ABH’s headquarters (80 Arena Park Drive, Chatsworth). For a 100 years, the ABH has served as a warm and loving Home to the elderly, frail, disabled, victims of domestic violence and children. The Home is a national registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO). The ABH is one of the largest NPOs in South Africa and employs nearly 400 staff members. The ABH is home to 110 children at the Bhai Rambharos Home for Children, based at the …

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Neville Pillay passes away – 23rd September 2021

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Neville Pillay, well-known Durban DJ and Comedian, died of a Covid-related illness on Thursday, 23 September. He was a well-known voice on Durban radio stations having worked at East Coast Radio and Lotus FM. Pillay was also loved for his famous Top Dan comedy skits. He also starred in Kings of Mulberry Street and Curry and Vice. In one of his last videos posted on his Facebook page, Pillay shared that he was back in hospital after his oxygen levels plummeted. He said he was not able to walk or talk. In 2019, Pillay underwent eye surgery. He had also previously suffered a heart attack and was diagnosed with kidney failure. Friends took to social media to express their condolences. Also read: Neville Pillay is fighting for his life in hospital Everyone is listening to Neville Pillay’s ‘Fright For Me’ …

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Durban film ‘Untitled For Now’ completes festival run, picks up more international awards

Internationally acclaimed short ‘Untitled For Now'( Which previously was selected at 4 International Film Festivals and 1 won award) has completed its festival run. Director Veron Vadivelu shares:It was selected at two more festivals being the ‘Rustenburg Film Festival [ZA]’ and the ‘Europe Film Festival [UK]’. It also won another International award at the ‘Europe Film Festival [UK]’ for ‘Best Soundtrack’, I was awarded as the producer as well as Jaedon Daniel who composed the score of the film. Both Jaedon and myself are South African Indian independent artists from Durban. Also read WATCH: Durban film-maker Veron Vadivelu wins international award for his short film

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KZN update: Ramaphosa refutes fallout in Phoenix; KZN economic recovery planned

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Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa about KZN “Much of the narrative around the events in Phoenix has been dominated by attempts to turn one race against another. It has been stoked by anonymous people on social media and in messaging groups making outrageous claims and calling for revenge … They will not succeed. South Africa has a proud history of principled non-racialism and working-class solidarity. African and Indian communities were united in the struggle against apartheid and, together with other communities, remain committed to a united and democratic society,” Ramaphosa said. The president blamed the tensions on people trying to cause mayhem and pursue their own goals by presenting criminal acts in racial terms. “In response to the fear and mistrust, the people of Phoenix and the neighbouring areas of Bhambayi, Zwelitsha, and Amaoti are working to repair the damage. …

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#KZNRiots: Phoenix church leaders want investigation and Zuma freed…

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A number of death have.been attributed to the Phoenix area in the wake of the unrest and looting in KZN over the previous week. A group of Church leaders have demanded an investigation into the deaths and claim racism and “vigilante justice”. IOL reports – religious leaders in KwaZulu-Natal have expressed their condolences and offered prayers to the families who lost their loved ones in the recent violence in Phoenix, amid last week’s unrest. The leaders marched to the local police station yesterday, calling for peace and demanding justice. The march came as the Durban University of Technology Student Representatives Council (SRC) confirmed that two university students were killed in incidents allegedly linked to racial tension in Phoenix. The church leaders marched to the Phoenix police station to hand their memorandum to the station commander. In their memorandum, the group …

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Elders show how its done: making rotis to feed the needy at the Aryan Benevolent Home


Clive Pillay, the programme co-ordinator at the Mandela Youth Centre, said the idea to make the rotis came about after RK Khan Hospital approached them for a solution to the bread shortage issue. The rotis are currently being made at the ABH. Donations can be dropped off at our headquarters (80 Arena Park Drive, Chatsworth). For further information call 031 404 9523 or email The Home, deeply affected by the shortages over the rioting, found the strength to give hope to the even less fortunate: A prayer for peace for all mankindThere is a beautiful hymn in the ancient scriptures of India. It is an Aryan Prayer and we at the Aryan Benevolent Home take great inspiration from it. It is also a Universal prayer and would appeal to open-minded people from all faiths. “May there be peace in …

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Zulu King appeals for peace in KZN – “Our Indian brothers are our closest neighbours”


The King of the Zulu nation, MisuZulu kaZwelithini, called for peace and an end to tension between Zulus and Indians today. The king weighed in on the mounting violent protests and unrest in KwaZulu-Natal that have caused damages estimated to be at around R1 billion. He also addressed Indo-African relations: “My brothers and sisters, a request asking us, with what’s happening between the Zulus and the Indians, that, with immediate effect, it must come to an end. Our Indian brothers are our closest neighbours . . . “We have the second biggest population of Indians in KZN, outside of India, and through that we have met certain people who have come to us to say thank you to the Zulu people and the Zulu Royal family that you are living with our Indian brothers in peace. “So I appeal to …

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