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November 19, 2014

Interview with Irina Mthembu about life in Inanda

Irina and PhumlaniInterview summary in English

Irina Mthembu is an old citizen at iNanda, who was born and raised at Piet Retief, Mpumalanga. She did not have that fortune of staying with her father at her younger age. Born around the 1930s to 40s, she lived at her mother’s home with her mother. Simelane was her mother’s surname. His father was working away from where they resided. Her father passed away and they had to move to Durban with her mother. In Durban, iNanda, that is where her mother got a site from Shembe whom she strongly believed in. Irina attended lower grades at primary school and she recalled that her educators were Miss Gumede and Miss Nene. She has been living at iNanda for many years. Politically and socially, she says that the standard of living was good. Peace and sharing were the good philosophies characterising the people of iNanda during apartheid periods. The reason behind is that John Dube was appointed as a person responsible for governing the place. He was a Christian that was against violence. Supporting him were people like Mahatma Gandhi and others who fought for peace in their area. The only problem that Irina stressed about John Dube is that he was against their Shembe belief. Notwithstanding this critic, she says that all citizens of iNanda were happy with Dube’s leadership.

Having asked her about what it means to her to be the citizen of iNanda brought an interesting story. Irina says that she strongly believes in Shembe, so living at iNanda means living with God next to her because that is where the religion on Shembe is. ‘Leaving iNanda will mean distancing me from God and Shembe’, Irina says. Additionally, she also mentioned the fact that iNanda is where her ancestors rest and she will rest with them when she dies. As a black person, she believes that dead people are not really dead but watching them spiritually and also that Shembe is the way to communicating with God as does Jesus to Christians. In terms of marriage, Irina got married to Mdunge, a man from Dlangezwa, North Coast. With Mdunge, they got four sons. Additionally, as an old person she says that going to church is her favourite thing that she fully enjoys. She also said there is nothing that keeps her happy more than seeing her children and grandchildren following at her footsteps of worshiping Shembe. Lastly, Irina mentioned that she will be happy if her body rests next to her ancestors at iNanda because that will make her soul rest in peace.

Interview and summary by Phumlani Mfekayi, 24 October 2014



September 26, 2014

Mandalakayise Lower Primary School – Spring Day event

20140919_11170220140901_093702On 01 September 2014, Mrs Fikile Zondi and her committee within the school organized Spring Day for children in Mandlakayise L.P School. This initiative was connected with the  ‘Woza eNanda Urban Trail’ project. Apart from Durban Green Corridor, African man in art from Mafukuzela Art Sessions, and UKZN Leisure Science Students were also involved.  ARISE and SHINE (NPO) under the leadership of MR Mpisi and his wife served the children with refreshments.










Games that were played was (inqathu) rope skipping and ushumpu (Bhah ball)


Outdoor games

v  Rope skipping

v  (Bha) plastic ball

v  Indigenous games

v  Environmental education

Indoor games

v  Broken Telephone

v  One word story

v  Clapping game

Present in the day

v  Mishka Reddy

v  Michael Mthethwa

v  Snodumo Gcwensa

v  Mhlengi Ngobese

v  Sbusiso Dlamini

v  Nkosingiphile Nkomo

v  Bongani Shezi

v  Nozipho Mbonambi

v  Yandisa Mdolomba

v  Sbahle Mkhize

v  Sphesihle Mabaso

v  Ntombifuthi Maphumulo

Durban Green Corridor

v  Sanele   Mvuyane

v  Mlungisi Mthembu

Arise and Shine

v  M. Mpisi

v  Patience Vayisa

v  Thulisile  Ngcobo

v  Ntombizodwa Mthiyane

v  Makhosazana Mkhize

v  Ntombikayise Ngcamu
Compiled by Sanele Mvyane 10/9/14


August 12, 2014

Mafukuzela Arts Session

The Mafukuzela Arts Session is a talent workshop established by learners from Ohlange High School. Every Saturday afternoon, up to 100 youths from the area come together in the school library to perform music, poetry, dancing and other artistic expressions. As Siyathemba Makhoba, one of the founding members explains, learners were inspired by the community outreach initiatives run by students and staff from the Cultural and Heritage Tourism Programme at UKZN, especially the ‘Tourism Club’ and the ‘Mafukuzela Development Initiative’. Some of the learners indeed have much talent and have performed at community functions and for tourists.

Mafukuzela Arts Session from eNanda Online on Vimeo.

Siyathemba Makhoba – English from eNanda Online on Vimeo.

April 25, 2014

Community organizations along the Woza eNanda Walking Trail

The Woza eNanda Walking Trail is an initiative by Durban Green Corridor and partners. It aims to bring visitors and tourists to Inanda and create opportunities for them to meet local people. There are many small non-governmental organizations and self-help schemes in Inanda which are dedicated to assisting the community. The NGOs below all welcome you to visit (usually upon prior arrangement). Get some insight into the daily life and challenges faced by the community and experience how people help themselves and each other. Some of these organizations would also be grateful for donations, such as second hand children’s clothes or toys.

IMG-20140417-00108 IMG-20140417-00109Bhekameva Crèche & Pre School

Contact person: Miss Ntombizethu Evidence Langa

Street address: Lot 366, Ohlange 4309

Contact number: 073 5762509

“Bhekameva crèche was established in 02 August 2010 by Ntombizethu Evidence Langa. I decided to open the crèche because there were too many children staying on roads when parents are at work and their siblings are at school, this gave me the advantage of opening a crèche to take care of these young individuals so they can also learn and be protected. We develop children holistically, physically, emotionally socially and spiritually. We ensure the protection of children and ensure that the kids are well stimulated. We feed them with nutritious food and arrange their medical if so necessary.

We would like help for educational resources, blankets, mattresses and food for the kids. I sometimes use the community Hall. I have a site but I don’t have building material; if

anyone can help they are welcomed to do so.

Visitors are welcome. No booking is needed. Normal times are from 08:00-13:00 (Monday Friday). Thursday is a sports day so we can use the whole day. We can also do performances of rhymes, Zulu dance and songs.” Ntombizethu Evidence Langa

Siyathuthuka Creche and Pre-School

Contact person: Lillian P Mokoatle

Street address: Site no.1 Ghandi Settlement Bhambayi Inanda, P.O Box 68295 Inanda 4309

Contact number: 031 5191919; 076 714 1063

“The crèche and pre-school is catering for the kids aged 03 months – 06 years. Working hours is from 06:30-16:00 pm. We are linking with Kastura Ghandi primary school; we are offering 2 meals per each learner i.e. breakfast, lunch, activities.The crèche and pre-school was re-opened in 1998 after it was closed during the political violence of the mid 90s. It was under the leadership of Miss T. Zuma. Under the leadership of Lillian, it has been operating for the past 16 started with 12 children of but now it’s catering for 265 children and 11 members of staff 1 security, 1 garden as well as volunteers. We would like to receive donations of educational toys, outdoor and sports equipment, clothing’s and blankets there are children who come from disadvantage families.

Visitors are welcome. Bookings are not necessary; the visitors can come at any time, but from 10-12 would be best. 20-30 people can visit at a time. Visitors can look how the kids can be stimulated. Visitors can watch grade R kids performing traditional dances, singing songs from the crèche, grade R talking about their dreams. Visitors can also depart from the crèche to Ghandi settlement which is 300m away.” Lillian P Mokoatle

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Sukuma Uzenzele Poverty Alleviation Organization

Contact person: Nkosinathi Maphumulo

Street address: Ohlange Phase 3 A Nu-Road, L364 Inanda 4310


Phone: 031 5190864

Fax: 031 5191026

Cell: 082 8392736


“Sukuma Uzenzele provides an after school care project, where supper is provided to orphans and vulnerable children around Ohlange aged from 5 years to 18 year. The organization also

offers career guidance to school leavers. We teach them life skills and provide guidance at the young age. There is also a vegetable garden that we also get food from. The kids are given a chance to plant vegetable and be thought of the importance of planting. Sukuma Uzenzele was formed in 2002, but registered in 2003. The founders were encouraged by illiteracy, unemployment rate, and the wide spread of contagious diseases. It was established by the founding committee of five members, two of them are still serving in the committee.

We do accept donations of any kind on behalf of our beneficiaries. It can be food, blankets for the disadvantage kids.

Visitors are welcome; most preferable time is when there are clients and beneficiaries of the project. Visitors should make prior booking; it should be between 14:00-15:00 pm, from Monday to Friday. Dress code is casual. The art group from the component can entertain them with traditional dances and different art forms, poetry and music.” Nkosinathi Maphumulo


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Arise and Shine

Street address: 1405 Ohlange Township, Westham Drive, Inanda 4310

Contact person: Ms Patience Posile/ Mr Mpisi


Phone: 031 519 0301

Cell: 0732593191


Arise & Shine is a home-based care & first Aid centre, reading club & community literacy project; feeding scheme; and income generating project, i.e. through gardening. It was established in 2007 and was registered in 21 November 2008. We create communities by bringing hope to people; we heal the heart and feed the mind, spirit and body with the following principles in mind:

-HIV/AIDS infected and affected community – we provide for their physical and spiritual needs

-Orphans & the vulnerable infected with HIV/AIDS – we uplift their standard of living thus preventing diseases; we develop poor and disadvantaged people to become self-reliant

-we further take responsibility for providing and creating employment and skills training to the communities.

This project is committed in providing food for the needy people and the deprived of Inanda.

At the present this project provides food for the underprivileged children who are attending in our neighbouring schools; they come on a daily basis to collect their lunch boxes within the centre whereby we serve them with soft porridge.

We also prepare cooked and nutritious meals to serve the people who are on ARV’s on a weekly basis; some of these people are suffering from malnutrition.

IMG-20140417-00092 Hosting visitors or tourist?

Yes. They can email to make bookings prior to the visit and await confirmation; a maximum of 10-15 visitors will be allowed on one visit. They will get the opportunity to meet Mandy and the wonderful kids that we look after. They will experience the spirit of UMZANSI through the performances done by our Arise and Shine kids.


Yes, any donation that will help boost the children’s upbringing will be highly appreciated, whether it would be any kind of toys, educational material, food, clothing and used furniture etc. We are not particularly fussy but we would appreciate any donation that will help assist in making sure that our children have a better childhood and best upbringing. (Patience Posile)


Research and photographs by Loyiso Ntsalaze; compiled by Sabine Marschall April 2014.

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April 21, 2014

Small enterprises along the Woza eNanda Walking Trail

The Woza eNanda Walking Trail is an initiative by Durban Green Corridor and partners. It aims to bring visitors and tourists to Inanda and create opportunities for them to meet local people. There are many small shops, taverns and other types of enterprises and service providers along the Woza eNanda Walking Trail.  All of them were approached by our project team, but some did not want to be featured on this website for various reasons, e.g. because they cannot accommodate visitors. The enterprises below all welcome visitors, but prior arrangements should be made in some cases.


Pepe's Tuck shop

Pepe’s Tuck shop

Pepe’s Tuck shop

Street address: 603 Bhambayi, Inanda 4309

Name of contact person: Mandla Hamilton Ntshingila

Contact number: 0839997856

“I used to sell sweets and chips, the community asked me to expand and sell more of things; then I decided to open up a tuck shop in 2012. Visitors are welcome; prior bookings can be made for up to 15 people if they are going to stay, rather than take-away. We open at 06:00 and close 21:00. 7 days a week.“ Mandla Ntshingila



Ohlange Rocks Junction – Njomanes tavern

Street address: E2068 John Langalibalele Road, Ohlange Inanda, 4310

Contact person: Bheki Mhlongo

Contact number: Tel: 031 5191014, Cell: 083 5228531

“Ohlange Rocks Junction is a Restaurant where you can purchase drinks; we also have a butchery (shisa nyama). The place is 3 story which includes a tavern, bar and a V.I.P lounge. If you are at the top one can have an excellent view of the surrounding areas which include Phoenix, Inanda and Durban surrounding places. The place is secured with cameras and fully protected. The business has developed and grown from a Tavern to a shisa nyama and a V.I.P Lounge. The business was started by my grandmother, until I took over in 1999. Getting support from local and national people and also from the municipality was one of the achievements and now companies are willing to support us. We are also in the municipality brochure. We have never had bad challenges like crime of theft in the place. One of our problems is water shortage at some point of the week.” Bheki Mhlongo

Visitors are welcome, but not more than 100 people. Prior bookings can be made. Dress code is not important – one can wear anything. Visitors can come from 12:00 till late.  


IMG-20140417-00122Muziwokuthula – Traditional healer

Contact person: Muziwokuthula Thusi

Street address: 624 Dube Village, Inanda 4309

Contact number: Cell: 073 7517515

“I am psychic, a traditional healer (umhloli). I started in 2002 to be a healer from the power of ancestors, most of the people always survive when they are healed by me, I have also learnt to put different muthi together and help people who are seeking help. The challenges that I come across are that people need help even though it doesn’t relate to his/her sickness, e.g. an H.I.V. person will expect me to heal him knowing there’s is no cure for the infection. The problems I come across is that some people don’t believe in me. I would like the municipality to help me with electricity in my house; I do not have power.

Visitors are welcome. Bookings can be made so I can arrange time for them. Not more than 15 guests. They can wear anything comfortable; opening times are from 09:00-18:00. Monday to Saturdays. Visitors can see how I mix herbs to make healing portions; they also can also see how I communicate with ancestors ”  Muziwokuthula Thusi


African Queen Salon

African Queen Salon

African Queen Hair & Nail, Eyelash

Street address: 490 Juba Blose Street, Bhambayi Inanda, 4310

Name of contact person: Cecilia Londiwe Mbuyisa

Contact number: Cell: 082 7181077; Tell: 031 5190857

“I started the business in 2007. I had the love of being a hair stylist so that is why I decided to start the business. I used to do school children hairstyles which was called (Snoopy). More people were coming in so I decided to start the salon. My clients are always happy, I don’t get any complaints and they come back which is a repeat business. The major problems are that some of the local people don’t want to pay since they know me, sometimes it gets so busy that I can’t accommodate every one. I would like to get help and get a much bigger place where I can do my business because I work at home an there is disturbance. Guests can make bookings before they come. I can only accommodate 5 people and less depending on their hairstyles. I open at 10:00-21:00. Monday to Saturday. Visitors can experience the great service that I offer and sure their needs are met.” Lonidwe Mbuyisa


Tete's Tuck shop

Tete’s Tuck shop

Tete’s Tuck shop

Contact person: Nonhlanhla Buthelezi

Street address: Lot 9520 42 Street, Dube Village 4309

Contact number: 073 0737829

“Tete Tuck shop sells cold drinks, Hot Chips, cakes, snacks, Hot Dogs. It was established in 2006 by my father; he was selling Zulu burger (amagwinya), it was very busy at that time. The challenges now there are many competitors around the area. Visitors are welcome.” Nonhlanhla Buthelezi



Thami’s Food Zone

Contact person: Thamsanqa Albert Mkhize

Street address: 267 Dube Village Inanda, 4310 (Opposite Orange Library)

Contact number: Tel: 031 518 0256; Cell: 083 7105582; Fax: 086 6605582


“Thami’s Food Zone is a fast food restaurant and take away (eatery). It was established in 2010 by Thamsanqa Mkhize. Since there was the soccer world cup I saw an opportunity to start my own restaurant and food zone to cater for visitors. The business looked potential until now it’s still running. We cater for: house parties, funerals, weddings, launches, social events, braais, spit braais, finger lunch.

Visitors/tourists are welcome. Opening times are from 09:00-16:00, Monday – Sundays.

Guests should wear anything that one feels comfortable to wear. Booking should be made via email or calling on any numbers shown above. Visitors can experience our delicious wide variety of food, good hospitality and service.” Thamsanqa Albert Mkhize



Kwamngoma Tuck shop

Kwamngoma Tuck shop

Kwamnngoma Tuck shop

Street address: 611 6 street 109398, Inanda 4309

Name of contact person: Nonhlanhla Mngoma

Contact number: Cell: 0795670760

“The tuck shop was established in 2009 by Sara Ntomile Mngoma. The store is always active, the community supports very well. The challenges I have come across  is theft and house breaking; it happened 3 times which brought my business down. The problem we currently facing is load shedding and water shortage. The municipality can assist fixing the port holes in our roads and by putting more drainage systems.” Nonhlanhla Mngoma

Any visitors are welcome and the owner is moreover offering to take them to join her for a church service.


Research and photographs by Loyiso Ntsalaze; compiled by Sabine Marschall April 2014.


February 4, 2014

Plants along the Woza eNanda Walking Trail

There are still many green spaces in Inanda and the Woza eNanda Walking Trail often runs along the river or through densely vegetated slopes along small footpaths. A lot of interesting plants can be encountered here. Some are used for medicinal purposes or linked with cultural beliefs. But there are also a lot of invasive alien plants that must be carefully controlled or should be eradicated.

Our horticulturalist, Lindelani Zuke, provides some explanations, but please contribute your own knowledge through the comment feature below or e-mail us at Tell us, what the Zulu name of the different plants is and what the community uses these plants for. You can also mail us your own pictures of plants and tree.

You can also get information about social and cultural points of interest along the Woza eNanda Walking trail and follow our updates on the further development.


Wild Plum

Scientific name: Harpephyllum caffrum
Zulu name: Umganu

Umganu is associated with attracting women for marriage. A man can prepare a love potion from the leaves of the tree and apply that to the skin of his face.









Misty plume bush

Scientific name: Tetradenia riparia
Zulu name: Iboza

Locals use this shrub for making flu medicine. Check out more about this plant on the Ulwazi blog.









Giant leaf fig

Scientific name: Ficus lutea
Zulu name: Umkhiwane









Wild banana

Scientific name: Strelitzia Nicolai









Paperbark thorn

Scientific name: Acacia sieberianaCommon: Paperbark thorn
Zulu name: Umkhamba

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Scientific name: Ipomea cairica
Zulu name: Umaholwana









Kei apple

Scientific name: Dovyalis caffra










 Mango tree







Peach tree

Scientific name: Prunus persica
Zulu name: Umpentshisi












Scientific name: Colocasia esculenta










Sadly, a lot of alien vegetation, much of it invasive, some even dangerous to humans and animals grows in Inanda, too. Alien plants consume scarce water resources, limit biodiversity and invade land that could be put to better use for the community.

In terms of the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act (CARA 1983), alien plants are classified in three categories:

Category 1: Highly invasive, should be eradicated and planting is prohibited
Category 2: Alien, but useful. Can be planted, but only with permit
Category 3: Can be kept, but must not be propagated


Parthenium weed

Scientific name: Parthenium hysterophorus
Zulu name: Umbulalazwe









Mexican sunflower

Scientific name: Tithonia diversifolia








Peanut butter cassia

Scientific name:  Senna didymobotrya









Spanish Reed

  Scientific name: Arundo donax









Napier Fodder or Elephant Grass

 Scientific name: Pennisetum purpureum










Scientific name: Melia azedarach
Zulu name: Umsilinga



Yellow Oleander

Scientific name: Thevetia peruviana











Indian Shot

Scientific name: Canna Indica











Singapore daisy

Scientific name: Sphagneticola trilobata









Butterfly orchid tree 

Scientific name: Bauhinia purpurea











Scientific name: Syzygium cumini
Zulu name: Umdoni wesilungu









Brazilian pepper tree

Scientific name: Schinus terebinthifolius











Large Cocklebur

Scientific name : Xanthium strumarium








Balloon vine

Scientific name: Cardiospermum grandiflorum










Triffid weed

Scientific name: Chromolaena odorata
Zulu name: Usandanezwe











Castor oil plant

Scientific name: Ricinus communis










Scientific name: Ageratum conyzoides











Scientific name: Solanum mauritianum
Zulu name: Umbhangabhanga








Nandi flame

Scientific name: Spathodea campanulata









Scientific name: Syngonium podophyllum








Barbados gooseberry

Scientific name: Pereskia aculeata










Four-o’ clock

Scientific name: Mirabilis jalapa









Compiled by Sabine Marschall; expertise supplied by Lindelani Zuke (horticulturalist, Durban Green Corridor) 31/1/14

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January 22, 2014

Woza eNanda Walking Trail – update 3

After the Festive Season break, the planning meetings for the Woza eNanda Walking Trail resumed on 20/1/14 at the INK ABM Offices in KwaMashu.

Gary Cullen from Durban Green Corridor welcomed everyone and briefly summarized the purpose of the initiate and the status quo of the planning.  While the walking trail directly links with the Woza eNanda Heritage Route, the key idea is to provide more options for visitors to interact with the community and the latter to benefit economically from such visits. Mostly the walking trail is meant to attract tourists, local visitors, and especially young people, who are not in a group or with a tour operator, but who would like to have a township experience, participate in social events (e.g. involving music, soccer, taverns) or simply walk ‘off the beaten track’.

The main focus of this meeting was the clean-up operations and addressing environmental problems. Mostly this refers to litter removal and alien invasive clearing, but also includes attending to water leakages, sewage and effluence problems and rehabilitation. It was agreed that these issues should be tackled on a ward basis, notably wards 54, 55 and 57. The respective ward councillors will be informed and a presentation will be arranged at the INK Councillors Forum.  Lindelani Zuke, who is the newly appointed horticulturalist at Durban Green Corridor, will be the coordinator for the environmental team. The first priority is to take GPS readings and map problem areas more precisely.

The management of the waste collection skips will be taken up with DSW, but it is also important to engage with the local co-ops in the area to ensure that residents are indeed placing their rubbish into the skips, rather than piling it up around it. The community must play a key role in deciding how to take the clean-up forward. The ward councillors might call a community meeting to this effect. DSW can supply bags, gloves, a few tools and will arrange a date of collection.  These efforts can extend or link in with existing programmes such as ‘Adopt a Spot’, etc.

Sihlanzimvelo is currently involved in litter removal, alien clearing and rehabilitation along the streams, but only for 3 metres on each side. Areas where infestation extends much further must be identified and attended to independently.  Experience shows that once an area has been cleared, people immediately start planting vegetables there. Consultation with the community must occur; while the project can facilitate community gardening, this must occur in a planned and organized manner.

The area around the sports field (ward 55 only) was selected as a key focal point of intervention, from where the cleaning effort will radiate out. This area has a lot of potential, as it engages many residents through play and sports facilities; the pond can be turned into an attractive wetland and recreational resource. This cleaned up area can be a showcase for the entire project and an information board could be set up there.

Angela Baker (not present at this meeting) is working on a project with City Architects in preparation for the international Architecture conference in August. It is called ‘Pocket parks’ and involves art installations and other interventions in selected areas. One of these areas is near the Gandhi Settlement and this initiative, while proceeding independently, should be coordinated with the walking trail project, especially the development of a shorter loop trail around the Gandhi Settlement.

While  Lindelani’s team focuses on the clean-up, the second team, coordinated by Sabine, carries on with content development. Both work-streams must link with the schools and engage with teachers to involve them in the clean-up and help design the trail to suit their educational needs.

The following persons were present at the meeting: Gary Cullen – DGC, Alina Fleczok-DGC, Mandla Nxumalo-DurbanTourism, Sanele Mvuyane-DGC, Sandile Maphumulo-INK-ABM, Loyiso Ntsalaze –DGC, Sabine Marschall-UKZN, Bart Fokkens-DGC, Wiseman Mhlongo –DGC, Lindelani Zuke –DGC, Nolwandle Zulu –DSW, Siphiwe Cele –INK-ABM, Thuyi Dludla –DSW, Zandile Ngcobo-DGC, Mpume Gumede-CSCM, Christi Cupido –BMK Consultants, Snqobile Nkabinde –BMK Consultants

Compiled by Sabine Marschall 21/1/14