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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 26, 2013

Woza eNanda Walking Trail – update (2)

On 22 November, the task team for the development of the Woza eNanda Walking Trail met at Phoenix Settlement to evaluate the experience of the exploratory walk between Ohlange and Phoenix the previous week.  Participants shared their positive impressions, but also highlighted some challenges, notably sewerage, litter, and alien invasion. During the course of the week, a team from BMK Engineering has been involved in alien vegetation clearing; this currently covers only a 3 metre strip from the edge of the stream, but must be extended. Litter and raw sewerage are major problems; service infrastructure must be improved and community education intensified.  A preliminary map has been produced in which problem areas of attention are marked (to view the map, click here: 20130912_woza eNanda Trail 1-7500).
On Monday, a team from Durban Green Corridor had conducted more detailed explorations around Ohlange. Various specific problems were noted and points of interest identified. These include a braai area, tuck shops, and an NGO specializing in feeding children (Rise and Shine), whose founder is also a traditional healer. A similar detailed exploration must now take place around Phoenix. Two loop walks around these core heritage site anchors are then to be linked by a circular route to create a varied network of trails. An audit of attraction points, shops and potential service providers will be conducted.
Durban Solid Waste is very positive about this project; they are aware of current problems and committed to assist with the clean-up operation, but various other municipal departments must also be engaged: Parks; Roads & Stormwater; Safer Cities; Business Support; Electricity; the local ward councillor; as well as SAPS. Once a route has been finalized, a team of representatives from these departments should walk the trail and take note of their respective areas of responsibility. Durban Tourism must be specifically engaged to establish lines of responsibility with respect to the development and marketing of the trail for tourists. In terms of community awareness, Inanda FM will be asked to feature the trail project. Through learners at schools, a snowball system of communication with the wider community will be set in motion and learners must play a role in setting an example and inspiring others to keep the trail clean and safe. In terms of attractions, some specific suggestions included getting a Rastafarian band to perform on a regular basis at S’bu’s tavern to create a local entertainment resource that will over time also attract visitors from the outside.  Everyone agreed once again on the importance of community participation, creating a sense of ownership and developing the trail as a valuable resource for the community itself.
In the next two weeks, the chair will facilitate interdepartmental engagement; exploration around Phoenix will take place and selected clean-up efforts will get underway.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 4 December at Phoenix Settlement: 10am. NB: This meeting has been postponed to 20 January 2014.

Present at the meeting: From Durban Green Corridor (DGC): Gary Cullen (chair), Mathabo; Alina; from BMK Engineering Consultants: Christy Cupido ; Sinqobile Nkabinde, Thokoza Mthembu; Durban Solid Waste: Sandile Myende; City Architects: Angela Baker; Inanda Seminary: Scott Couper; Inanda Community Tourism Board: Baphulile Bhengu; Member of community: Sanele Mvuyane; Mandla Kayise Primary School:  Fikile Zondi; Inanda Comprehensive School: Lungile Ntuli; INK Tourism: Zwakele Khumalo; Durban Tourism: Brenda Phakathi;  Ohlange Heritage site: Mandla Nxumalo; Phoenix Settlement: Bongani Mthembu; University of KwaZulu-Natal & eNanda Online: Sabine Marschall

Sabine Marschall 26/11/13

20130912_woza eNanda Trail 1-7500



November 16, 2013

Woza eNanda Walking Trail – update (1)

Woza eNanda Walking Trail Development Team

Despite the rainy weather, a dedicated task team set out on an exploratory walk from Phoenix Settlement to Ohlange on Friday 15 November. This followed the inaugural planning meeting held the previous week. The team found that the trail has great appeal and could become both a unique resource for the local community and a big tourist attraction, with many opportunities for local people to benefit. However, there are also problem areas that need to be addressed, including litter, alien invasion, slippery mud paths, and difficult water crossings.

The next meeting will be held on Friday 22 November at Phoenix Settlement 10am to discuss the experience and the way forward. Please leave your comments and suggestions below!


These pictures were taken along the exploratory walk:


GPS based route mapping


Sabine Marschall 16/11/13



November 9, 2013

Woza eNanda Walking Trail – Inaugural meeting

The municipality, under the leadership of Durban Green Corridor, is planning to develop a walking trail through Inanda, ultimately leading all the way from Bridge City to the Inanda Dam area. This is meant to turn existing green spaces in Inanda into useful recreational resources for the community and attract hikers and tourists to provide a unique local experience and create economic benefits for the community.

An initial planning meeting was held at Phoenix Settlement on 8 November 2013 and this report sums up what was discussed. Watch this space for regular updates and leave your comments and suggestions below!


A variety of stakeholder were invited and the following persons attended: Gary Cullen (Durban Green Corridor (DGC) – chair of meeting); Angela Baker (City Architects); Bongani Mthembu (Phoenix Settlement); Mandla Nxumalo (Ohlange); Siyabonga Luthuli (Business Support Unit); Desan Gounden (Parks Department); Sabine Marschall (UKZN and eNanda Online); Zandile Ngcobo (DGC); Lungile Ntuli (Inanda Comprehensive High School); Patrick Masinga (Durban Tourism); Siphiwe Cele ( INK – ABM); Rev Scott Couper (Inanda Seminary); Wiseman Mhlongo  (DGC);  Brenda Phathaki (Durban Tourism); Alina Fleczok (intern with DGC); Mareike Behnke (intern with DGC); Loyiso Ntslaze (intern with DGC).


– the trail will complement the city’s Woza eNanda driving route, but provide a uniquely different experience with emphasis on human encounters and community interaction and spending opportunities for tourists;

– development in sections, starting with the section from Phoenix Settlement via Ekuphakameni to Ohlange Institute, and extension over time.

– different coloured signs and interpretation boards can be put up along the trail to map out routes with different thematic emphasis: e.g. cultural/historical, nature-based, fun/entertainment;  sport eg hiking, running and mountain biking.

– a very preliminary route has been mapped out (see picture), but the details are to be determined;

– community participation and ownership are very important from the planning phase to implementation and management to bring forward the many possible attractions, to ensure sustainability and for safety for walkers;

– strong emphasis on school participation; competitions can be held among the schools; learners can be involved in clean-up campaigns and in designing the details of the trails; through learners, awareness is created among parents and the wider community;

– the trail can become an important educational resource for school learners;

– clean-up and visual improvement is needed (e.g. signage, paving, landscaping)

– various members of the community can get involved and potentially benefit by providing services or ‘attractions’ along the path; e.g. providing opportunities for tasting home-cooked food, etc.

– awareness must be created among various potential users of the trail, including Amblers, Ramblers and other hiking clubs; MTB community, etc.

– sponsored annual events could be held that draw in schools from other parts of eThekwini to participate alongside local schools and community members

– tourism sector must be made aware to develop products and services along the route;


Immediate action

–  on Tuesday 12 November a small alien clearing team will check the proposed route and open up where necessary;

–  on Friday 15 November at 8am, a task team will walk a small section of the proposed trail, starting from Phoenix Settlement to Ohlange to get a hands-on experience of the opportunities and challenges. Anyone is invited to join!

–   The following schools – Shembe Primary; Kasturba Gandhi Primary; Inanda Comprehensive High School; Ohlange High School; Mandla Kayisa Lower Primary and Langalibalele Higher Primary School, which are situated along the first section of the trail, will be encouraged to participate and they will be approached to send a management representative on the walk on Friday 15 November.


Next meeting

Friday 22 November 10am at Phoenix Settlement.

The agenda will be …

–  to discuss the findings from the 15 November walk

– to consider a draft project concept plan

– to consider if any possible start up activities during December


Sabine Marschall 8/11/13

Woza eNanda Walking Trail, approximate preliminary route proposal

Woza eNanda Walking Trail, approximate preliminary route proposal

Detail: Phoenix to Ohlange



April 26, 2013

Tokoloshe / Tikoloshe (evil spirit)

Hall at Ohlange

Hall at Ohlange

I know little about Tokoloshe or Tikoloshe dependence on the pronunciation, what I know is that tokoloshe is an evil spirit. I have never seen tokoloshe nor have friends who have seen it, but when we were at primary school we would hear a lot of stories of it and fairy-tales. I went to Indian schools, I don’t remember hearing cases of learners screaming that they have seen a tokoloshe. But I would hear that from the children who go to African primary school especially the primary school next to Ohlange Institute, Amandlakayise Primary School. The children in our neighbourhood will come back from school and tell us that someone saw a tokoloshe in school asking him or her for Amaas (sour milk) and there was a place that they used to tell us that’s where the tokoloshe live and that place is still there inside the Ohlange Institute it an underground hole.


The hole where some believe a tokoloshe is hiding

They are a lot of stories and fairy-tales one have heard of tokoloshe which some of them I have forgot them but I remember one fairy-tale which says  “The story of the tokoloshe originates from a few hundred years ago, when an extremely naughty boy in a rural village was said to have caused trouble with the village’s traditional leader. In order to stop the boy’s disobedient behaviour, the leader led him down to the beach, where he threw salt at the boy.  This is said to have turned the boy into the ugliest creature imaginable, but made him angry and naughtier, until eventually the villagers had no choice but to kill him. Another one is that tokoloshe is a very short thing more a dwarf who appears on little kids it has long nails with rag cloths and will ask you for Amaas if you don’t give it; it will give you a smack across your face.”

My opinion as a Christian is that tokoloshe is used as an evil spirit by the witch doctors (Inyanga) to protest or use against someone. Examples when a certain family want to perform a ritual to strengthen their house so that it can be protected for the evil spirits they would call a (Inyanga) witch doctor, the witch doctor will put this tokoloshe so that it will protect the family from other evil spirit, basically fighting evil spirit with evil spirit. The problem comes when these tokoloshe  or security guides get used to this house and  start to become more comfortable and stop doing there work. And the family will call another (Inyanga) witch doctor because they think the first Inyanga didn’t work, the second Inyanga will put his tokoloshe; that will work a year or two and they will get also feel comfortable and become friends with the other tokoloshes they find in this family  house. These tokoloshe become families in this family and they will bear children and trouble the children of the owner of the house and the whole family.

Nkanyiso Dlamini, 26 April 2013

For more information on certain aspects of this article click on one of the links below:

Amasi (sour milk)

Difference between an Inyanga and a Sangoma – Ulwazi Programme