If you haven’t visited Durban for a while, you’re in for a stunning surprise … as you can see in these brilliant photographs taken by PETER DE GROOT of PdGPix Photos.

Durban

Apart from the beachfront, which has been transformed with a beautiful boardwalk that’s become popular with families, joggers and surfers…

Durban

… there’s been a lot of development and renovation going on in the Point Precinct area.

Durban

From the old dilapidated buildings that nature was taking over near the lower end of Point Road, the harbour side…

Old building in Durban

Old building in Durban

… the area has been undergoing renovation with world-class design and development. Clearly there is a reason that for the second year running Durban has been ranked higher than Johannesburg and Cape Town for offering a “high quality of life” in Mercer’s survey of 230 world cities.

Durban

Durban

The developments below – The Quays on the left and The Sails on the right – were completed in the early to mid 2000s.

Durban

The legendary Point fire station – which was built in 1907 but is no longer used as a fire station – has also been renovated.

Old Durban Post Office

And most recently, the Seabreeze Development for the iconic Lion Match Company (which is over 100 years old) in the Point Waterfront node has been completed…

Durban

The Lion Match corporate head office and distribution facilities, on the corner of Mahatma Ghandi and Signal Roads, cost at least R80 million and compromises just over 10,000 square metres.

These pics were taken by Peter in August 2015, showing the building under construction…

Lion Match construction Lion Match construction

And here’s the final product, photographed last week:

Durban Lion Match company

And last but not least, Durban harbour and yacht mole yesterday morning, just before the first rain arrived.

Durban South Africa

Durban South Africa

Durban is definitely making a splash!

Durban splash

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Peter de Groot – PdGPix Photos