Tag Archives: Inanda
July 26, 2016

Education about snakes in Inanda


Nick Evans, of KZN Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, is starting up an initiative to educate the people in the Inanda area about snakes, joined by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Humans have always feared snakes, and conflict happens regularly. Nick is trying to change people’s perceptions of snakes, and trying to explain how humans and snakes can co-exist, for the safety of snakes and people.


If you would like Nick to come and talk at your school, or anywhere else, please email him at nickevanskzn@gmail.com

Snake rescue: 072 809 5806

20150704_102640www.kznamphibianreptileconservation.com  IMG_4688 Puff Adder, township in Durban North

March 11, 2015

Woza eNanda Urban Trail clean-up 15 November 2014

In preparation for the stakeholder walk of the Woza eNanda Urban Trail, a clean-up campaign was organized on 15 November 2014. Durban Green Corridor (DGC) partnered with Arise & Shine and Junior Classic F.C. Half of the total area of the trail section between Ohlange and Phoenix Settlement were covered by this community-driven effort at cleaning up.  Junior Classic F.C was represented by 22 player and 2 coaches, Zamokuhle Mnqayi and Thubelihle Mnqayi.  Arise & shine was represented by Faniza Mbambo, Sfiso Dlamini and Luyanda Mpisi and DGC by Viwe Nkungu, Mlungisi Mthembu and Sanele Mvuyane. The children were given protective gloves and at total of 70 rubbish bags, most of which were filled within just a few hours.

Text and pictures by Sanele Mvuyane

March 11, 2015

Woza eNanda Urban Trail – Stakeholder guided walk

After the final steering committee meeting of the year, a guided walk for key stakeholders of the Urban Trail project was organized on 8 December 2014.  Among the participants were teachers of the local schools, members of the SAPS, local community structures, INK Tourism and Durban Green Corridor. Gary Cullen welcomed and briefed the stakeholders. Participants were then divided into two groups, one guided by Mlungisi Mthembu, the other by Thabo Zulu assisted by Sanele Mvuyane. Along the way, explanations were given, local entertainment options checked out and food and beverage items sampled. In time for the Festive Season, Durban Tourism has produced a brochure that includes guided tours of the Woza eNanda Urban Trail.



November 25, 2014

Thandazile Mkhize – memories of Inanda

thandazile Mkhize English summary of an Interview with Thandazile Mkhize by Noluthando Ndwandwa at eNanda Newtown B on 2 October 2014.

Thandazile Mkhize is an elderly hard working woman whom I, Noluthando Ndwandwa, interviewed on the 2nd Of October 2014 this woman who was born and bred in Inanda and shares with us her most vivid memories of her childhood upbringing and that she was raised by a single parent, her mother being the bread winner in the home. Thandazile Mkhize, a 2nd born in 4 daughters tells us how Inanda was before and the changes it has gone through. She spent all her formative years in Ohlange and later moved to Newtown B section with her immediate family. She now stays with her son and grandchildren.

Before Inanda was in a rural setting and people planted fresh produce; they had cattle which would freely graze the lands (I managed to get an old photo showing how Inanda the Ohlange Area was before and after). People back then didn’t have many forms of entertainment; at the most they would visit relatives and go to church. She says that kind of setting really helped because it built their morals as children and they weren’t exposed to alcohol also she never had the urge to indulge in bad activities. Besides that she was afraid and she respected the elders. Regarding transport, she says they used Indian buses; there were no taxis and if the family was wealthy, they used the old model cars. But very few homes had cars, mostly they used buses; to go town it was R1.50 bus fare. Thandazile Mkhize sent a heartfelt message that she would like the youth to be more focused on school and empowering themselves and she pleads that government opens up job opportunities because it is saddening when graduates sit at home and they all have to live on a small government pension.Thandazile Mkhize is on the other hand very grateful for the new developments within the area like the Dube Mall and the New RDP houses they are about to receive.

Thandazile Mkhize speaks fondly of her mother and the Langa family, how they assisted in her upbringing especially since her mother was their domestic worker. The few cents she got would bring food and bread to the table and also the huge role that J.L DUBE played by bringing schools closer and western amenities like the library. With the skills offered in the school she is very grateful to Mafukuzela who was not selfish but threw the breads in the waters.

Summary by Nolunthando Ndwandwa


the old house Thandazile mkhize was Staying at in NewTown B the new RDP house

November 19, 2014

Interview with Mbuyiseni Simon Mnqayi about Thembalethu Primary School and Mshayazafe

IMG-20140924-WA0003Summary of an interview with Mbuyiseni Simon Mnqayi about Mshayazafe in Inanda:

Mr Mnqayi is one of the very few elderly men who came at Inanda at the age of 24 and became very active so that today he still resides in the community even though he was not born in Inanda. In the interview he speaks about being a co-founder of the Thembelethu primary School. Due to the ANC and the IFP Riots which lasted for ears from 1987 – 1990, the area was divided and ruled according to two parties, the IFP area and the ANC area. Those who were from the IFP area were not allowed in the ANC area and those from the ANC area were not allowed in the IFP area too. However this resulted to the children from IFP area being excluded from the ANC schools and there was a need for parents to intervene in such situations and Mr Mnqayi was the one and his idea became very successful. Mr Mnqayi further states that there was a high need for the school because their children were no longer safe once they are caught in the ANC area they get injured and even killed and there were no schools for their children at all and the Thembelethu Primary School was formed through the cottage that was left by the Indians while the blacks were forcibly invading the Indians houses, shops and farms.

In the beginning Mr Mnqayi talks about the environment of Inanda on how it was divided during the apartheid government; Inanda was divided into two – the white government and the Zulu government which was according to chiefs (Ubukhosi ) and great leaders (Izinduna).

Mshayazafe means ‘beat him/her to death’. That’s how the name Mshayazafe came about. Mshayazafe was a tavern that was owned by a woman, but you could swear it was a man, the way it was operating. Mshayazafe was having her bouncer who will take you out if  are troubling them and she was having her people specific for her tavern helping when there is someone whose troubling her. KwaMshayazafe you were not supposed to do wrong things because if you are caught they will beat you to death and when you are caught with the knife they beat you in such a way that no one can even try to help you; once you are caught you are dead already. However people enjoyed drinking and partying at KwaMshayazafe because this women was having radios and other equipment that were scarce at that time and because she was a women she used to cook (Usu) inyama yangaphakathi and sell it to her clients. So many people from different places such as eMawoti came to KwaMshayazafe to drink and also to play cards. There was a man called Nyathikazi, who was appointed by an Indian to give land to people who want to stay at Inanda. He was also a spy working with the Polish called Oqonda; he was from the KwaMshayazafe area, so when people want development they just used uMshayazafe and the place was called Mshayazafe Development but they can still point themselves that this one is from eZihlabathini,this one from Vutha, this one from Mnyama road etc.

Mr Mbuyiseni Simon Mnqayi has a good memory because he was recalling the years in which these things took place and even the names of the people who were involved during their implementation of the school . He can recall everything and emphasised that you can go to any of the houses at Inanda, but you cannot find any information about Thembalethu Primary School and Mshayazafe Development. He also stressed the point that at school they had never done anything for him but only come to him when they want the history of Thembalethu primary School.

The sad thing, said Mr Mbuyiseni Simon Mnqayi, is that heroes like him will only be recognised once they are gone!

Interview and summary:  Andile Mkwanazi 24 September 2014



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 years.it 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

Email: info@sukumuzenzele.org.za

“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.

This post will soon be available in ZULU.




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

Email: ak.tradingcc@gmail.com

“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.