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Durban Logo Explanation

The Durban Commonwealth Games Bid logo was inspired, first and foremost, by the South African flag. The logo embraces the colours and geometric shapes of our iconic flag, which have been rearranged to form and suggest the shape of the Africa continent. The very nature of our flag, with all of its colours, reinforces the diversity, vibrancy and energy of the games. The textured section of the logo was inspired by the rich cultural tapestry of Durban. The colours of the Commonwealth Games Federation were also factored into the design.

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Since returning to the international sporting world, South Africa has proven its ability to stage major sporting events – many held for the first time on African soil. Durban, as a host city, has played an integral part in South Africa’s reputation as a leading sporting destination. With a track record of successfully hosting leading sporting events on behalf of South Africa and Africa, Durban is known as Africa’s premier sporting destination, having invested R3,4 billion in sporting infrastructure since 2009.

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Why Durban

With its world-class facilities, beautiful sunshine and surf, and outstanding accommodation and venues Durban is the ideal city to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The bid is a fully integrated part of Durban’s strategic intention to build the profile of the city as a world-class sports destination and to generate significant economic benefits for the region. 2022 is a perfect fit and we are therefore dedicated to making this the most successful Commonwealth Games to date.

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South Africa is a sports mad country and fans are dedicated and passionate about supporting and watching events. As shown with other international sporting events, attendance is high. Durbanites in particular are known as warm, inviting and friendly hosts. South Africans are keen to share our inspiring story and invite new people to experience the country in the best possible way.

Hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games would be incredibly beneficial and inspiring. Research has shown that hosting major sporting events empowers residents and builds confidence and motivation.

The people of South Africa will benefit enormously. New, improved, world-class sports facilities can be used as part of the sustainable sports development programmes that aim to improve the lives of underprivileged children and adults. By hosting the Games, public infrastructure development will be fast-tracked, improving local facilities in general. Development for the Games synchronises with the City’s urban regeneration plans: the Games’ Village will be converted into gap housing post Games; young people will be empowered with specialist skills and knowledge; and, as seen with previous major sporting events, social cohesion and unity improves on a huge scale.

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Use our interactive gallery to view some trivia on Durban. Please use the buttons to go through the pictures and double click the arrows to read the facts


Altitude: 8 metres - ideal for competitive sports


Population: 3.4 million


Major languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa


Durban is home to the Zulu nation and the largest Indian population outside of India.


The city also has stunning old-world colonial architecture set in lush, tropical gardens.


Durban has one of the largest concentrations of art deco buildings in the world.

The weather is sub-tropical, with mild and sunny winters and hot, humid summers.

Mahatma Ghandi, the spiritual leader of the Indian independence movement, began his political journey in Durban.


Nelson Mandela cast his ballot in South Africa’s first democratic elections, in April 1994, at Ohlange High School near Durban.


South Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Chief Albert Luthuli, hails from KwaZulu-Natal.


Durban is the country’s most visited tourist destination


Durban harbour is the second largest in the Southern Hemisphere. (The largest harbour in the country is in Richards Bay, two hours north of Durban).


Durban is home to many unique lifestyle experiences…like bunnychow! What’s this you ask? It’s a thick delicious Durban curry spooned into a hollowed out half loaf of bread – a visit to Durban is incomplete without bunnychow!


The City of Durban has over 6000 hectares of open recreational spaces and boasts the oldest botanical gardens on the continent (established in 1849).


Durban has recently been named one of the “New 7 Wonders Cities of the World”.


The New York Times ranked Durban #7 in its “Top 52 Cities to visit in 2015”.

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The city of Durban has aligned its Integrated Development plan to the National Development Plan. This means they aim to ensure that "by 2030, eThekwini (the greater Durban Metropolitan area) will enjoy the reputation of being Africa’s most caring and liveable city".

To this end the city has developed an 8-point plan to accelerate economic growth, job creation and service delivery.

Whilst hosting the games in Africa for the first time will give the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) the opportunity to showcase its values about humanity through the South African story, the core theme is around inspiring young Africans to take charge of their destiny and make their home liveable and caring.

The opportunity to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban would be a catalyst and a game changer in the lives of many ordinary people.

How the 2022 Commonwealth Games positively affect South Africans:

  • Promoting sport amongst the youth towards nation building and uplifting individual lives and therefore transforming communities
  • Promoting social cohesion as envisaged in the National Development Plan by getting our people to share social spaces
  • Promoting brand South Africa for economic development purposes impacting on industries such as tourism
  • Accelerating rate of development and the execution of intended development plans in the country.

In total, international visitors are expected to contribute up to R12 billion in direct expenditure.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games is expected to deliver up to R20 billion in output to the economy, translating into an additional R11 billion GDP growth.

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Inspired to be a part of the journey?

Durban, South Africa is one of the most inspiring cities you will ever see. By supporting the 2022 Durban Commonwealth Games bid you join 53 million South Africans in potentially welcoming athletes and fans to our shores.

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