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Primary research on Dig-Out port completed in Clairwood, South Durban

Primary research on Dig-Out port completed in Clairwood, South Durban

As part of the ‘valuing development’ theme of the LCSV research programme we are finding out how residents of Clairwood in South Durban value the proposed multi-billion rand Dig-Out Port infrastructural development project proposed by Transnet, eThekwini Municipality and the Government of the Republic of South Africa. This project is framed as serving the economy and society by producing jobs and growth, but the impact technologies used to date are being tested by our alternative research. Thanks to the hard work of specially trained enumerators at the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), coordinated by Desmond D’ Sa (at http://www.sdcea.co.za/), we have 1,000 completed household surveys to analyse, all sampled between 4th November and 26th November 2013.

This milestone completes a process of community engagement with the Principal Investigator, Professor Sarah Bracking, facilitating debate at the Durban Chamber of Commerce on 24th July 2013, the Poor Flat Dwellers Education Workshop on 24th August 2013, and at Toti Conservancy on 16th September 2013, the latter in debate with Mr Des D’Sa of SDCEA, and Mr. Marc Descoins, Transnet Programme Director of the Durban Dig-out Port project.

The presentation given by Professor Sarah Bracking to the Durban Chamber of Commerce is available here: http://durbanchamber.com/profiles/blog/show?id=6629443%3ABlogPost%3A2585  (Photo: Patrick Bond).