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The Phoenix Settlement

Contents 1 Communal Settlement 2 Phoenix Settlement Trust 3 Indian Opinion 4 Private School 5 Gandhi’s legacy continued 6 The settlement restored 7 Gandhi honoured   8 Sources Communal Settlement The Phoenix Settlement, established by Mahatma Gandhi in 1904,  is situated on the north-western edge of Inanda, some 20 kilometres north of Durban. Sita Gandhi writes:  “My grandfather’s […]

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Modern day Phoenix, Durban

Phoenix, some 20km northwest of central Durban, was established as township in 1976. But is said to be one of the oldest Indian settlements in South Africa, with indentured labourers from sugar cane plantations making their homes here decades ago.  Today Phoenix is a thriving community. But, like many other South African townships very little […]

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Mewa Ramgobin – Memories from Inanda, Durban

Contents 1 Introduction 2 Manilal and Sushila Gandhi 3 Honouring Gandhi 4 Remembering  Luthuli 5 Remembering Buthelezi 6 Political Life 7 Sources Introduction Mewa Ramgobin, born on 10 November 1932 in Inanda, Natal, is the grandson of one of the indentured labourers brought from India in the mid-nineteenth century to work on the sugar plantations of Natal. […]

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History of Indian Trading in Durban

Contents 1 Indenture 2 Fishing 3 Market gardens 4 Victoria Street Indian Market Indenture After Natal was annexed as a British Colony in 1843, the white settlers were looking for a product that could be turned into commercial profit. Edmund Morewood started experimenting with sugar cane cultivation, and soon started producing successful yields. Morewood erected […]

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Grey Street Shops in Durban

Contents 1 Grey Street: The landmark of culture in Durban 2 Popular places in Grey Street 3 Grey Street Mosque 4 IsiZulu Summary – Izitolo ezitholakala kuGrey Street eThekwini 5 Izindawo ezabanedumela 6 Indlu yokukhonzela amaSulumane  Grey Street: The landmark of culture in Durban Durban holds a treasure of cultural and architectural landmarks that shows […]

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Indian Opinion Newspaper – Durban, South Africa

In 1903 Mahathma Gandhi founded the Indian Opinion newspaper to be the voice of the Indian community that had first come to South Africa as indentured labourers to work in the sugar cane fields of Natal. The International Printing Press on which the newspaper was printed, was relocated to the Phoenix Settlement north of Durban in 1904. The […]

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