UMLAZI

DURBAN, KWAZULU-NATAL

According to Zulu tradition, King Shaka, while travelling through the area, refused to drink from a local river, because the water tasted like ‘umlaza’ – the sour acid produced from fermented milk. The region has since been called Umlazi.

Located to the south-west of Durban, Umlazi is the only township with its own registration plate – NUZ. Ever since Umlazi was formally established as a township in 1967 it has grown rapidly to become the vibrant and diverse cultural powerhouse it is today.

Umlazi is the birthplace of many well-known South Africans including journalist and magazine editor, Khanyi Dhlomo, and AIDS activist Promise Mthembu. Although Umlazi has enjoyed an increase in Government and private investments over the years, it still sports an abundance of untapped potential.

Unlocking opportunities for urban food systems

“More than with any other of our biological needs, the choices we make around food affect the shape, style, pulse, smell, look, feel, health, economy, street life and infrastructure of the city” 1 The Umlazi Food Network is an inspirational community-led project that...

Community safety matters

Have you ever come up with a great idea for a community project, only to see it fail because of crime in the area? A plan and practical measures are vital to ensure that safety forms part of any plan to bring positive change to your community. In Umlazi, Durban, the...

Simply brilliant soccer

Over 200 young soccer enthusiasts participated in a two-day boot camp in Umlazi, Durban on 16 and 17 July 2022 and learnt that becoming a professional soccer player is about so much more than scoring goals! The Brilliant Khuzwayo Schools Bootcamp and Tournament took...

Building business in Umlazi

If you run your own business, you know that it can be a tough journey. A lonely one, even. Even if you know your product or service well, there is still so much to learn, so many things to consider and many micro and small business owners simply do not have the...

After the storm – Proud of my Town supports KZN

Hope amidst the havoc – Proud of my Town responds to the KwaZulu-Natal flooding crisisThe devastating floods that ravaged KwaZulu-Natal in April 2022 will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greatest natural disasters to ever hit the province. Entire...

Reimagining our places

How do you feel when you walk down the street where you live? Inspired? Welcomed? Safe? Or perhaps you feel gloomy and anxious? Maybe you haven’t even really thought about this. What about your business areas, schools, parks or pieces of open land? It’s simple,...