Umlazi | KwaZulu-Natal – South Africa | Township



What is Umlazi well-known for?

Umlazi was established as a Black township in 1967, and it was one of the places where many people who had been displaced from Cato Manor ended up. It housed African laborers, many of whom were required to work in White-owned industries in South Durban. The township grew to become Durban’s largest.

Is Umlazi a rural or urban area?
Umlazi is a town in South Africa’s southeastern KwaZulu-Natal province. It is located on the south bank of the Mlazi (Umlazi) River and borders Durban on the southwest. The current Umlazi site was occupied by American missionaries in 1836, but it was designated as an Anglican mission reserve in 1856.

What is the origin of Umlazi?

According to legend, Umlazi is derived from “umlaza,” the Zulu word for the sour acid produced by fermented or sour milk. It is said that when King Shaka was passing through the area, he refused to drink from a nearby river because it tasted like “umlaza.” Following this incident, the area was renamed Umlazi.

Why was Umlazi built in the location that it is?
The Church of England established the Umlazi Reserve in 1862 to provide a progressive rural life for “natives” pursuing pastoral and agricultural occupations. It was declared a township in 1962 to house Cato Manor residents who were relocated under the slums law.

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