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Banana leaves in Indian culinary tradition – Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Contents 1 Introduction 2 Eco-friendly kitchen tool 3 Banana leaf plates 4 Dishing up on a banana leaf 5 Medicinal properties of banana leaves Introduction When indentured labourers came to South Africa 150 years ago from India, they brought much of their culture and customs with them, and with it the use of banana leaves […]

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Two Famous Temples in Mount Edgecombe, Durban

When the Indian indentured labourers settled in Durban, they were faced with a challenge of maintaining their rich culture and tradition in a foreign land. Their first priority was in setting up an area of worship wherever they settled. The majority of the labourers were Hindus and there was always a need to set up […]

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The Shree Gopal Hindu Temple at Temple Valley in Verulam, Durban

The Shree Gopal Hindu Temple in Verulam North of Durban is a landmark in history that dates back to the days of Indian indentured labourers. It stands as mark in history that shows the determination and courage of the oppressed indentured labourers who were staunch in culture and religion. Although they were in a foreign […]

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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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The Mariamman Festival in Durban, KwaZulu Natal

When the Indian population settled in Durban more than a hundred years ago, they not only adapted but brought with them their own traditional and cultural practices which are still largely practiced today. The annual Mariamman Festival is one such example. To appreciate cultural diversity in Durban is to understand it, and in Durban we […]

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The History of Inanda

In the 1830s, Natal was for a brief time a Boer Republic called Natalia. Several Boers acquired farms for themselves including Inanda. These were largely abandoned when the British took control of Natal in 1843 and they fell into the hands of land speculators. Around the turn of the century, several wealthier Christians from Inanda […]

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