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Clockwise from top left: Durban CBD, Ushaka Marine World, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre and Durban City Hall.
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Coat of arms of Durban
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Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
Municipality eThekwini
Established 1880
Named for Benjamin D'Urban
 • Type Metropolitan municipality
 • City 225.91 km2 (87.22 sq mi)
 • Metro
2,292 km2 (885 sq mi)
 • City 595,061
 • Density 2,634.06/km2 (6,822.19/sq mi)
 • Metro
 • Metro density 1,501.9/km2 (3,889.9/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Durbanite
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African 51.1%
 • Coloured 8.6%
 • Indian/Asian 24.0%
 • White 15.3%
 • Other 0.9%
First languages (2011)
 • English 49.8%
 • Zulu 33.1%
 • Xhosa 5.9%
 • Afrikaans 3.6%
 • Other 7.6%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code 031
GDP US$ 63.9 billion
GDP per capita US$ 15,575

Durban (Zulu: eThekwini; IPA:) has the second largest population of a city in South Africa. It is part of the province KwaZulu Natal.


It is thought that the first known inhabitants of the Durban area arrived from the north around 100,000 BC, according to carbon dating of rock art found in caves in the Drakensberg. These people lived in the central plains of KwaZulu-Natal until the expansion of Bantu people from the north sometime during the last millennium.

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