• Winner of the Vuna Award 2005 for best run metro
     
  • Winner of the Vuna Award 2006 for best run Metro
     
  • Consistent AA+ global credit rating
     
  • Best lifestyle city as rated by residents and non-residents –  Professional Management Review Africa 
     
  • Obed Mlaba - Diamond Arrow Award for Most Pro-Active Mayor in the Province
     
  • 4 Diamond Awards for ETM contribution to the province in terms of social upliftment, local investment, attracting international investors and tourists.
     
  • Computer Society of South Africa - City Manager Michael Sutcliffe named IT Person of the Year 
     
  • SmartXchange – our technology innovation incubator was voted IT Company of the Year.
     
  • Finalist Certificate - Best Cities and Most pro-active Mayor in S.A. - PMR

More awards

  • UShaka Marine World - SA's most exciting new developments, building in the past 12 months - PMR
     
  • MDP award for Best Practice on Urban Maintenance attributed to the City of Durban during Africities 98.
     
  • SA Top 300 Nations/companies Award, Mayor nominated as one of SA Top Mayor's 2001/2.
     
  • Dept of Agriculture and Environment Affairs - Cleanest Town Competition 2003
     
  • BMF - Special Award for Extra-ordinary Leadership
     
  • Institute for Local Government Management of South Africa awarded Dr. Michael Sutcliffe for service excellence in recognition of the pivotal role that he has played in the transformation of local government in South Africa.