Victory salute for Durban Paddle Ski Club

Daily News
11 December 2012


WHAT a unique occasion and event – a modern day African version of the David and Goliath story (Daily News, December 6).

COMPROMISE: This is the story that appeared in the Daily News.

It is a story of courage, steadfast tenacity and remaining true to one’s beliefs. The small man, the Durban Paddle Ski Club standing firm in its convictions, resisting the financial might in funds and resources of the Durban Point Development Company.

Not armed with a sling and stone, but rather a fishing rod and reel, hooks and some barbed comments, the small man struggled for some while to reel the developer into shallow waters and up to the beach erosion line… And here the story changes…

The big fish, the Durban Point Development Company, was released from the hook to live again, a revitalised life.

Notwithstanding the commendable compromise reached between the Durban Paddle Ski Club and DPDC to set aside their legal dispute; there must be no victory celebrations at the slaying of Goliath but rather the earnest desire to communicate more fully, collectively striving for a common vision that all can embrace.

If this is achievable, the ultimate trophy will be the shining sustainable development; economically sound, socially enriching, environmentally sensitive and brimful of many wonderful opportunities and memories to come.

The collective victory salute will only be raised when the DPDC aspires to and implements both the desires and needs of the Durban citizens and balances the financial demands of a modern day city.

A unique East Coast African city development enriched by the blood, sweat and tears of all involved in the process of compromise and an outcome of which we can all be proud.