Moving forward with the Dalton Beer Hall

The various stakeholders at the meeting.

A group of over 50 concerned stakeholders gathered  to discuss the serious state of affairs at the Dalton Beer Hall at the Denis Hurley Centre, recently.

The workshop was hosted by eThekwini Municipality’s South Durban Basin (SDB) Area Based Management in a bid to improve service delivery at the Dalton Beer Hall.  The workshop was opened by Head of Area Based Management, Linda Mbonambi, who welcomed everyone and explained that the purpose of the workshop was to discuss the challenges and brainstorm possible solutions for the issues experienced at the Beer Hall as well as to encourage integration and partnerships towards achieving sustainable solutions.

Present at the workshop was a strong representation from the Umbilo Business Forum, the Dennis Hurley Centre, several other non-profit organisations and  a large representation from municipal departments who all pledged to work together.

Ms Nomusa Shembe of Safer Cities Unit shared the City’s Homelessness strategy and further shared plans to develop a drop-in centre for the homeless at Dalton Beerhall. Human Settlements shared their plans for addressing the housing challenges for the site.

Senior manager of the South Durban Basin ABM, Eurakha Singh, shared the service delivery co-ordination work her department was doing in the Umbilo precinct.  She said that it would be great if the area could be restored to the cultural and economic hub that it was many years ago that would promote economic growth and development.

Raymond Perrier from the Dennis Hurley Centre reported they were involved the provision of health care services at the Beer Hall once a week and that there were plans to set up a mobile clinic at the Dalton Beer Hall and working with all religious groups in Durban to contribute to the vision of eThekwini.

The workshop proceeded to prioritise the key challenges experienced at the Beer Hall and will in a follow up meeting allocate champions who will assemble a team to develop an action plan with programmes and projects to address the challenges.


Nadia Khan

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