The new Ferris wheel is NOT a government initiative

eThekwini has revealed plans to build a multimillion-rand Ferris wheel. The “Durban Eye” will be built on the seafront promenade. The project is being privately developed and is expected to be launched in February 2023.

Construction of Durban Eye to start in July

Construction of the Durban Eye is due to start in July 2022 and will open next year just in time for the Easter holidays. The project will provide tourists and locals with a 360 degree panoramic view of Durban.

The city says the project is 60 meters high and will include between 30 and 36 eight-seater cabins. It will be located at the southern end of the waterfront, near the harbor entrance channel.

“It will provide tourists with a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the city. The 60-meter high attraction will have 30 to 36 eight-seater cabins. The complete rotation of the wheel will take 20 minutes. Retail businesses will surround the structure. It will be located at the southern end of the waterfront, along the harbor entrance channel. The site looks towards the Bluff headland and will accommodate cargo and passenger cruise ships in the newly built passenger cruise terminal, KwaZulu Cruise Terminal. The position of the Durban Eye aims to attract visitors to the city centre,”

says eThekwini City.

The project is NOT funded by taxpayers’ money

The Durban Eye is NOT a government initiative. Although the project will cost R450 million, it will not be built with taxpayers’ money. This has been a concern for many citizens who have compared the project to the monumental R22 million flag, Business Tech reports.

A DIY Home Affairs service? Citizens could soon “help themselves”

In other news, it has already been reported that a self-service system for smart IDs, passports and other important documents will soon be introduced by the Home Office.

During his speech on the departmental budget, Deputy Minister Njabulo Nzuza said the new system will be rolled out in the 2022/23 financial year. He explained that the budget will see the department explore new ways to “better serve citizens”.

Speaking of the kiosks, Nzuza said they will be designed to require biometric authentication. The kiosks will be located in areas that will allow citizens to access them even after office hours or on weekends. Read the full story here.