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KwaMashu is located in South Africa
 KwaMashu shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 29°45′S 30°59′E / 29.750°S 30.983°E / -29.750; 30.983Coordinates: 29°45′S 30°59′E / 29.750°S 30.983°E / -29.750; 30.983
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
Municipality eThekwini
 • Total 21.47 km2 (8.29 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 175,663
 • Density 8,200/km2 (21,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 98.8%
 • Coloured 0.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 0.1%
 • Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 91.3%
 • English 2.9%
 • Xhosa 1.5%
 • S. Ndebele 1.3%
 • Other 3.0%

KwaMashu is a township twenty miles north of Durban, South Africa. The name is in honour of Sir Marshall Campbell and means Place of Marshall.[2]


KwaMashu is notable for its lively performing arts scene, lively performing arts scene thrives including Maskandi, hip hop, pansula dancing, dance, drama, football. Through performance the young people of KwaMashu are raising the cultural profile of KwaMashu, aided significantly by the skills, resources and direction of eKhaya Multi Arts Centre for Arts and Performance.

The township also boasts a community radio station at the eKhaya Multi Arts Centre, called Vibe 94.70 FM, which has been in operation for more than 4 years.

Civil Society[edit]

The Abahlali baseMjondolo movement is very prominent in the informal settlements and transit camps in the KwaMashu area. They claim to have membership in K-section, Siyanda A, B, and B5, and in two Richmond Farm transit camps.[3][4][5]

Public schools[edit]

  • Bhekilanga Lower Primary
  • Buhle Higher Primary school
  • Daluxolo Lower Primary
  • EThekwini Junior Primary
  • Dumani Lower primary School
  • John Dube High School
  • Khethamahle Higher Primary School
  • Khuphukani Lower Primary School
  • Kwesethu High School
  • Mukelani Higher Primary
  • Mzuvele High School
  • Ndabazezwe Lower Primary School
  • Ngazane Lower Primary
  • Nhlakanipho High School
  • Nkulisabantu Lower Primary
  • NqabakaZulu Comprehensive High School
  • Phakama Higher Primary
  • Phuthumani Primary
  • Shayamoya Lower Primary School
  • Sibonelo High School
  • Sivananda FET School
  • Thandimfundo Lower Primary School
  • Tholamandla Higher Primary School
  • Zakhe High School
  • Dukemini Lower Primary School
  • Zeph Dlomo High School
  • Zamokuhle Lower Primary School

Related Townships[edit]

Famous People from KwaMashu[edit]

Avante gospel group Deborah Fraiser Sipho Mbhele -siphop music Zakwe the rapper Duncan Khulubuse Zuma Nomzamo Mbatha Mabheleni Ntuli

KwaMashu on film[edit]

  • 2008 film "Kwa Mashu: Still my Home" by director Owen 'Alik Shahadah in conjunction with South African arts centre Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre under K-CAP with Edmund Mhlongo (Executive Producer), based in KwaMashu. The film is about the history of the township.[6][7]


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