Robert Hart wrote in recently:
I too have fond memories of Durban. I was born in Johannesburg in 1972 and remember our annual holiday in Durban. You must appreciate that I was very young and my memories of the holidays spent in Durban are not as vivid and detailed as that of an adult at that time. My parents were relatively poor so we couldn’t live it up in the well to do spots, however as a one-off extravagance we would have tea at Greenacres and I remember well the Indian waiters and the fancy tea pots, and going to the Hub with my mother and watching her go through the bargain bins
Do you have any photos that you can post on the your website of Greenacres? I always remember when Edgars opened seeing the original mosaic in the front entrance.
I also remember eating at the Chuck Wagon Restaurant with it’s wagon wheel decor and staying in the hotel above, unfortunately I can’t remember its name.
I seem to recall seeing a model of a Union Castle ship in the Durban Museum next to the Durban City Hall in the early 1990’s and I also have a memory of once having an opportunity to go on the Vintage Car Ride on Durban Beach Front.
We later moved down to Durban in the mid-1980s when I attended Durban High School and occasionally went to the Press Club in Salisbury Arcade where there was also a wonderful toy and hobby shop on the 2nd floor.
At the time I also spent the weekend at the local Municipal Pool next to the Durban Post Office and well remember ordering the toasted sandwiches from the small restaurant that served the park next door as well.
When the “Workshop” opened up, I used to enjoy eating some of the local Indian food at some of the cheaper restaurants and going to the CNA to read the books & magazines, not to mention looking in “Kings Sports” which I sadly witnessed closing down.
At the time one didn’t appreciate what we had and took it for granted that it was safe to walk anywhere around Durban in relative safety. Sadly when I returned to Durban in 2010 after living abroad for over 10 years I was shocked to see how Durban has declined.
Also, changing the street names is helping to destroy the rich history and culture Durban had and only by people such as yourself recalling your memories, do we prevent the rich history and greatness of Durban from being destroyed. Let’s hope that you continue recalling your memories so that we can continue to preserve the past……it’s much appreciated.