The Phoenix Settlement

Contents 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 farm … was fifteen miles away from the city, and in those days around us were plantations of sugar cane fields. Over 100 acres of land was … Read more

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 … Read more

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. … Read more

History of Indian Trading in Durban

Contents Indenture Fishing Market gardens 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 a sugar mill in … Read more

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 … Read more