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January 18, 2013

Inanda Seminary

Inanda Seminary, founded by the American Board of Missions (ABM) in 1869 forms an integral part of the history of Inanda. Situated 25 kilometres north west of Durban, it became the first secondary school exclusively for African girls in southern Africa. Its reputation grew rapidly and the school soon attracted students from across the continent.

The Rev. Daniel Lindley and his wife, Lucy, came to South Africa in 1835, as one of six couples sent by the ABM to start mission work in the country. Working at first in what is today the North-West Province, the Lindleys joined the Grout and Champion families who had opened ABM stations in Natal. By 1847 the Lindleys had established themselves near Chief Mqhawe’s kraal in the Inanda area to work among the Ngcobo people who had been dispossessed of their land and threatened with massacre by King Dingane’s impis. Other Zulu clans also moved into the area and were settled in “reserves” that extended from the Tugela River in the north to the Umzimkulu River in the south under the protection of the colonial government.
Daniel and Lucy Lindley and their 11 children moved onto the Inanda Mission in 1858. The mission house, still standing and currently used as the Seminary’s general office, was built by Daniel Lindley with home-burned bricks. In 1869 they opened a school to train girls to be teachers and “good wives” for the young men being trained at Adams College in Amanzimtoti. The AMB voted 50 pounds to the project and Inanda Seminary opened as a boarding school with 19 girls being admitted initially. Mary Kelly Edwards, a 40-year-old widow from Ohio, was appointed as the first principal of the Inanda Seminary, continuing her association with the school until she died at the age of ninety-eight.



History of Inanda Seminary

Dumisani Zondi

Ellen Kuzwayo

Angelina N. Sithebe




January 16, 2013

Lindley house – archaeological remains

These are the recently identified archaeological remains of Daniel and Lucy Lindley’s first homestead in Inanda (Mzinyathi). An image of the building can be found in Lewis Grout’s 1864 book entitled: “Zulu-Land: Or Life Among the Zulu-Kafirs of Natal and Zulu-Land South Africa”.

January 14, 2013

Mzinyathi Falls

Mzinyathi Falls is a beautiful place situated at Ebuhleni, Inanda. The waterfall of Mzinyathi is used by Baptist Nazareth Church (Shembe) for their baptism purposes. The waterfall is surrounded by a lot of indigenous trees which date back 100 years, the Fall is also home to a small Rastafarian community living in a cave. Mzinyathi Falls has been inducted by the eThekwini Municipality as one of the tourists attraction sites as part of the rich history of Inanda.
Far north of Inanda is Ebuhleni, a religious sacred land for Shembe members. Shembe is the largest African church in Kwa-Zulu Natal with over 2 million members. The church was founded by Prophet Isaiah Shembe in the early years of the 20th century. The headquarters of the church was Ekuphakameni, Inanda (Just up the Phoenix Settlement) until the 1980s. In a route to Ebuhleni is the Mzinyathi Valley where the Qadi Chiefdom settled in the early 19th century after fleeing the wrath of King Dingane the then King of the Zulu. The Qadi chief has his Royal homestead in the valley. On Mzinyathi a triburary of the Umgeni River is a spectacular view of Mzinyathi Falls. Ebuhleni has been graced by the number of great leaders, past and present especially Indians and Blacks who contributed a lot in history of South Africa.
By: Sbo Dladla

Related links

Mzinyathi Falls – Ulwazi Programme


January 12, 2013

Gumede family post office and surgery

January 12, 2013

John L. Dube and Ohlange

The Ohlange Native Industrial Institute, as it was known at the time, was founded by the Rev. John Langalibalele Dube in 1901. He was known as Mafukuzela, reflecting his energetic and industrious nature. Dube became the first President of the South African Native National Congress (SANNC), later to be renamed the African National Congress (ANC). He was also the founding editor of the newspaper Ilanga lase Natal and the first principal of what is today known as Ohlange High School.

Dube’s guiding principle in life, despite his incredible energy, was to “hasten slowly”. This became the basis of the education policy he introduced at Ohlange, insisting that students be thoroughly equipped for their future careers. His concern was to produce self-reliant citizens, and he stressed the importance of providing students with industrial training as well as academic skills. This resulted in shoemaking, dressmaking, carpentry, motor mechanics, agriculture and journalism being taught together with academic subjects.

Dube also placed great emphasis on character formation. Politically he was a moderate and independent-minded person. He found himself in conflict with the Industrial and Commercial Union (ICU) as well as with the colonial government of the time. He worked with Mahatma Gandhi and condemned the resort to arms by the government to put down the Bambatha rebellion. Throughout his life he kept alive the political vision that gave birth to the ANC in the pages of Ilanga lase Natal.

Read more about Dube and Ohlange

John L. Dube as a writer

Ohlange Institute


Amafa – Heritage KwaZulu-Natal

South African History Online

Historic Schools Restoration Project

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal

Oberlin College student essay on John Dube


November 8, 2012

Learners at Inanda Newtown Comprehensive High School showcase their culture

These videos were recorded at Inanda Newtown Comprehensive High School as part of a community outreach project run by the Cultural and Heritage Tourism Programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Most of the learners are part of the ‘Tourism Club’, an extra-curricular programme for learners who are interested in heritage and tourism. The initial videos were recorded in preparation for Tourism Month and Heritage Day in August/September 2012. Learners were encouraged to showcase their artistic performance talents and knowledge about traditional customary practices and Zulu heritage. Most of the performances were not staged or rehearsed but spontaneously recorded. They provide a glimpse into these young peoples’ lives and their understanding of traditional culture and heritage.

Part one

Learners from Inanda Newtown Comprehensive High School perform a dance

Part two

Learners from Inanda Newtown Comprehensive High School perform another dance

Nkuleko Khuzwayo and Mthandeni Thwala explain Zulu ancestral beliefs and funeral customs

Or listen to the audio clip:

Learners talk about umemulo

November 8, 2012

Mandla Nxumalo – Ohlange Heritage site

Mandla Nxumalo, site guide at Ohlange, talks about John Dube, Ohlange and the importance of visiting the heritage sites in Inanda.

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Summary: This heartfelt intriguing video of Mandla talks about him being born and raised in Inanda. He passionately speaks about his current line of work at the John L Dube Memorial Site in Ohlange where he is involved with the training, development and mentorship of the community. He also talks about the museums in Inanda being “learning centers”, not just “museums” and emphasizes that Inanda has a rich source of history, culture and religion. The area has lot of opportunities available and Mandla encourages the local people to visit and educate themselves about the sites in Inanda. Mandla ends off with the philosophy of the late Rachel Dube which is “use your Head, Heart and Hand in whatever you do”. (Summary by Arisha Govender)