Ignited by an innovative partnership with eThekweni Municipality, our collective focus on communities pioneered our early eco-programme approach. Evolving with the needs of our city and communities - and looking to ensure a resilient future for all - we adopted a multi-layered partnership approach, one that drives connections between the public and private sector.
Working with our partners, we’ve driven youth and sport development, open space management and restoration, and eco-tourism and learning. Together, we’ve built a growing portfolio of what we call, Purpose-Projects (link to purpose projects). These are focused on local sustainability, balanced habitats and community resilience.
The eThekweni Municipality Partnership
Our continued partnership with the eThekweni Municipality has allowed the mandates of both entities to positively influence the planning and implementation of the City’s environmental, economic and community-centric goals.
“The eThekweni Municipality is driving an agenda of better river management and surrounding catchment areas. The reduction of pollution from rivers to sea and restored river health including riverine vegetation, water quality and related flood management is one element, with people and communities of equal importance. By creating healthy open spaces in these areas, we increase their quality and value, encouraging usage, safety and environmental protection.” Gary Cullen eThekweni Municipality Economic Development Unit.
To achieve these objectives Green Corridors form part of the Municipality’s C40 Transformative River Catchment Management Partnership that sees local communities, the private sector and volunteers working across a range of eco-restoration and management interventions organised within river catchments.
The work being done as a result of this partnership is taking place in the uMngeni catchment and sub-catchment of the uMhlangane River and uMngeni Estuary; the Ohlanga river catchment, with South Durban River catchments to follow. Specifics of the interventions include:
- Developing catchment scale management plans and partnerships
- A GIS based management tool to enable all stakeholders to understand local level land use allocation and management responsibilities
- River and coastal clean-up including litter boom projects
- Alien eradication
- Local space rejuvenation project (food gardens, stream corridor parks, active mobility pathways)
- Open Space management
The GO! Durban Collaboration
A leading example of collective partnerships, the GO! Durban Cycle Academy is part of our Sports and Active Mobility programme and is funded by the GO! Durban public transport programme - eThekweni Transport Authority (ETA).
“Through the Go! Durban Cycle Academy, the eThekweni Transport Authority is committed to those who share our vision and passion to change lives through cycling, and alignment with Green Corridors sees this vision brought to life.” eThekweni Transport Authority CEO Thami Manyathi.
Promoting a culture of running and cycling in local communities where youth are inspired by their growing sporting and academic abilities is a strategic Green Corridors goal. ETA's plans to incorporate non-motorised transport within the city’s public transport network aims to improve the physical wellbeing and health of community members near their corridors across the City, while encouraging an alternative means of transport.
In 2016, these parallel goals were realised with the launch of the 1st GO! Durban Cycle Academy site in eNanda Adventure Park, and three years later the project continues going from strength to strength
The Private-Sector Collective
Green Corridors has partnered with a number of private sector businesses along our journey and we are indebted to them all for helping us offer experiences that create treasured memories and empowered communities. Help us continue this work by partnering with us!