Townsend Park: The way forward

As published on social media on 18 November, DOCRRA has met and consulted within our executive committee, as well as with Mr. Jonathan De Wet of De Wet, Leitch, Hands Inc, who has very generously provided his services to the community.


DOCRRA plans to challenge both the validity of the advertisement placed in the North Coast Courier on 11 November 2022 which proposed the sale of a portion of Townsend Park (ERF 517), as well as the resolutions taken by the KwaDukuza Council in February 2019, namely that a portion of the Park be sold to the Zululand Islamic Society and that it be sold for a market value of R3.6 million. 


Our decision to pursue this route has been taken based on the legal counsel provided by Mr. De Wet and the consensus of the DOCRRA executive committee that this course of action will best serve our members, partners, and the Dolphin Coast community at large.


In addition to sending the letter (linked below) challenging the validity of the advertisement and Council decisions, we have proposed a consultative meeting with the legal department of KwaDukuza Municipality (KDM).  If, subsequent to our letter and the proposed meeting, a satisfactory resolution has not been achieved, we will not hesitate to escalate this issue by whatever means necessary, including taking our grievances to the relevant municipal oversight bodies. 


To view the letter press HERE.


We wish to thank Mr. De Wet for his counsel, as well as the community at large, for the outpouring of support we have received regarding this issue.  To stay up to date on the latest developments about Townsend Park, please follow us on social media and visit our website at


If the Townsend Park issue is important to you, please consider supporting DOCRRA by becoming a member on our website or by emailing

8 Responses

  1. Townsend Park is one of the most utilised public areas that I know.
    To put it up for sale is to the detriment of the whole community.
    If its gone its gone forever.

  2. The value of large open spaces cannot be emphasized enough. This small green space should be protected at all costs.
    Buildings are mushrooming all over Ballito, but more open spaces can never be created.

  3. Please leave our park we take our dogs there all the time and we have nowhere else to take the it’s our only green belt that is people have that live in freestanding houses not estates please save our park

  4. Parks are NOT for sale KDM has masses of other land where Parks have never been established sell them. We should perhaps learn from this and perhaps upgrade the park if necesssary by finding funding – then start using it more!

  5. Open spaces like Townsend Park, should be maintained and left in posterity for the community to use . With Ballito growing the way it is, there is now than ever before, a need for more open spaces .

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