Tag Archives: 1970s
July 11, 2013

Thokozile Vilakazi – Memories of Inanda

Thokozile Vilakazi from Inanda Africa is interviewed about her memories of Inanda in the 1970s and 80s.


English summary:
Inanda was a peaceful place when I arrived people were friendly towards each other, until blacks and Indians didn’t see eye to eye which led to the riots. Before Inanda riots Indians and black people lived together in one place. There was an Indian store at KwaMshayazafe, and there were some Indians at Mtshebheni who were neighbours with blacks. Mrs Vilakazi doesn’t know the exact reasons that led to the riots. When she arrived she did not have any Indian neighbours, she only saw Indians in shops around Inanda. Regarding the ownership of land, she bought a portion of land from a man with a name of Rodgers (died long time ago) and she paid R50 in late 1970s.  When she arrived there were some people living in areas like Mshayazafe, but no one lived at Ematendeni as it was a forest (with gumtrees).

Some of the stores that were burnt do ashes during the riots are still operating today and they are still owned by Indians. She feels Inanda has changed; it is no longer the same as the old Inanda. Now the crime rate is high and no one is taking accountability for that as it happened before. We used to have a group of men called “Oqonda” who were responsible for catching criminals and handing them over to police. Today no one is responsible for all that, criminals do as they please. The place is not safe anymore.

Lastly as Inanda has some heritage sites, Mrs Vilakazi feels like some of the community members do benefit from these sites. But she says in Africa there is no development. She prefers the old Inanda than the one she is living in now.

Prince Mgabi and Thomas Makhabela, 16 March 2013

April 12, 2013

Memories of eNanda in the 1960s – P.S.N. ‘Two Boys’ Shandu

Mr Praiseworth Sizamele Nkosinathi ‘Two Boys’ Shandu recalls his memories of eNanda in the 1960s and 70s.

Listen to the recording: Memories of eNanda in the late1960s

Interview with Sabine Marschall and Xolani Magwaza at UCC, eNanda, 14 February 2013.


A few excerpts from this interview (transcribed by Xolani Magwaza)

During the 1960s there were few houses and there were scattered. At that time Indians had transport. They provided transport service to the African from Inanda to the City. There was no electricity and no tar roads. Buses only stopped by iNanda station. This made life hard for people who were residing in the surrounding and distant places but who used transport. People form eMzinyathi and Thafamas travelled by foot on their way back home.

There was a lady working at the post office by the name of Metty Zulu one of iNanda unsung heroes. Metty was the first female post master at iNanda. She worked her life making sure that every iNanda citizen receives his or her mail in time and sealed. During this time people use to post important items such as money. This could easily lure a worker to commit crime. However, there were complains about Metty, everybody loved her especially when she was answering her telephone. It was not clear for the people to hears whether she was saying “iNanda Dale or iNanda Girl”.

For more information on certain people or historical events mentioned in the interview click here:

Bob Mfeka

The Qadi Clan – Ulwazi Programme

The history of soccer in South Africa – South African History online

Timeline for the sport of soccer in South Africa – South African History online