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The Durban EDGE Team
February 2023


This year, why not approach Valentine’s Day differently? In 2021, the restaurants, catering and accommodation sector in Durban accounted for almost R5 billion of the City’s GDP, and employed 30 000 people on average. However due to lockdowns, the unrest and flooding, the sector has experienced multiple challenges.  


According to SARS tax data, there are 20 suburbs in which the bulk of formal restaurants and eateries in the City are located. The top 3, purely by number of formal dining establishments include North Beach, Esplanade, South Beach, CBD and surrounds; Umhlanga/ Umhlanga Rocks and surrounds; as well as Florida Road, Windermere, Essenwood and surrounds. The Broadway Durban North (incl. Greenwood Park), Glen Hills and North Beach suburbs are also counted amongst Durban’s top 20 dining suburbs by number, however have suffered most in terms of a decline in the number of net formal restaurant establishments since the 2018/ 2019 tax year. These suburbs are nonetheless important, as their formal dining establishments supported just over 2500 formal full time equivalent jobs in the 2021/22 tax year alone.


In the spirit of giving, why not give back to Durban’s economy by spending Valentine’s Day at one of the City’s eateries, especially those in Broadway, Glen Hills or North Beach?

Simply eating out at a restaurant in Durban helps sustain a job, and contributes to keeping a business afloat. This in turn sustains the rates revenue of the City, and ultimately assists the City to provide services back to residents of all income groups. A small act of love for Durban’s economy could help a small business get back on its feet, and sustain another job!


If you found this data interesting, you may find the rest of the Spatialised Economic Data on the Durban EDGE Portal valuable! In order to assist you to interact more creatively with Durban’s economy, The Durban EDGE Team is providing the latest spatialised economic data (2021), which helps you explore the City, one suburb or community at a time. Its data is sourced from the SARS National Secure Data Centre, with the purpose of enabling you to explore the socio-economic dynamics of any community or suburb in Durban. Users can scroll through data with the understanding that it is accurate and official, provided by the National Treasury of South Africa. The initiative is a collaboration between eThekwini Municipality, National Treasury and SARS. For more information, find the full dataset, and other interesting economic insights on the Durban EDGE Open Data Portal.


For a full range of activities in Durban, visit the Durban Tourism page on https://visitdurban.travel/

For more information on how to access the data, contact Justice Matarutse, Manager: Innovation on justice.matarutse@durban.gov.za

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