Cllr Du Bois resigns from Democratic Alliance

 “Effective 3 August 2016, I resigned from the DA having been a member since 29 November 2000. My decision to leave the DA was very much part of my decision not to stand for a fourth term as Bluff ward councillor..........".  Read more



Cllr DuBois Reviews his term CLICK HERE to view


Labourer or Settler - Colonial Natal's  Indian Dilemma     1860 - 1897 by Duncan Dubois R190

Labourer or Settler addresses the question of how, neither by accident nor design, Natal became home to over 50,000 Indian Immigrants during the

latter half of the nineteenth century. Duncan Dubois recounts how, from 1860, at the request of fewer than 50  sugar planters, colonial Natal

embarked on a labour dispensation  which significantly transformed its character

Comments by:Tony Leon and Prof. Goolam Vahed       

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email: Duncan Du Bois 


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About Councillor Duncan Du Bois 


With the exception of a number of hagiographies, that is, works that are generally uncritical about an individual or a family,

the colonial South Coast is a largely unstudied region. As such it made an ideal Ph.D topic in terms of its scope and relevance. I was also inspired to undertake the study as a consequence  of many happy times spent on on the South Coast as a child.  

I commenced background reading in the latter part of 2010 and worked almost daily on it from the beginning of 2011 until late November 2013 when I submitted the completed dissertation at UKZN. A work of this nature involves performing three tasks virtually simultaneously: ongoing research in either the Archives or at a repository such as Killie Campbell, collating information already gathered and drafting it into a new chapter while revising drafts returned by my supervisor for correction or refinement. The bulk of my research findings were gleaned from unpublished records housed in the Pietermaritzburg Archives  

After completing the dissertation, I re-worked it by adding a chapter, removing theoretical material which is required for higher degrees and including additional material as well as images and illustrations. The manuscript was accepted by SunPress Media in Bloemfontein for publication. It then took nearly a year of editing, adding material, proof reading and tweaking before the book emerged in printed form in September 2015.  

I have always been academically inclined and have a lifelong interest in history. Once retiring from school teaching in 2010, I was able to plunge headlong into research and writing which I still pursue on almost a daily basis

A LIFELONG BLUFF RESIDENT                      

I have lived at Brighton Beach my entire life.

Between 1976 and 1987 I was on the staff of Grosvenor Boys' High. I retired from education in 2010.

Challenges to the Bluff 

The Bluff as a peninsula is situated on the doorstep of Africa’s second largest port (Port Said in Egypt is the largest in terms of cargo handled).



As such, the Bluff cannot be compared with Umhlanga or Durban North which are not ring-fenced by container depots and the petro-chemical industry.



On the Bluff itself there are more than 40 unoccupied properties which have become security issue.



The future utilisation of the land which has been returned to the Zanzibari community  has implications for the Bluff as a whole.




The future of the Bluff golf course and the green lung it occupies are of critical importance to the Bluff in terms of property-ownership.



Maintenance of existing facilities and enforcement is a bugbear Metro-wide because of skills shortages within the Metro and the capacity to deliver.





When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion. When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing. When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favours. When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you. When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice; you may know that your society is doomed.            AYN RAND

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

--Ronald Regan 1986


‘The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.’  

--Margaret Thatcher.

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. 

The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

--Winston Churchill


The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled;public debts should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled; assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed.People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance.- CICERO,Rome,55BC.


What this country needs are more unemployed politicians

-- Edward Langley

Artist (1928 - 1995)


If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it will cost you when its free!

-- P. J. O'Rourke


  1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity bylegislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

  2. What one person receives without working; for another person must work for without receiving.

  3. The government cannot give anybody anything that it did not first take from somebody else.

  4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

  5. When half the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them; then when the other half gets the idea that it does no good because somebody is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of the nation.


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