|• Total||21.47 km2 (8.29 sq mi)|
|• Density||8,200/km2 (21,000/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||98.8%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• S. Ndebele||1.3%|
KwaMashu is notable for its lively performing arts scene. Although the people of KwaMashu have to cope with issues of high rates of sexual abuse, violence, crime and high rates of HIV, within the township, a lively performing arts scene thrives including Maskandi, hip hop, pansula dancing, dance, drama. 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.
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.
- 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
Famous People from KwaMashu
- Henry Cele
- Leleti Khumalo
- Tu Nokwe
- Siyabonga Nomvethe
- Jeff Radebe
- Zakes Bantwini
- Jacob Zuma
- Buyi Zama
Avante gospel group Deborah Fraiser Sipho Mbhele -siphop music Zakwe the rapper Duncan
KwaMashu on film
- 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.
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- World Habitat Day. Rajpatel.org. Retrieved on 2012-02-10.
- The ANC's coup in Kennedy Road. Politicsweb.co.za. Retrieved on 2012-02-10.
- Siyanda (A & B) March, Siyanda to Downtown KwaMashu, 14 April 2009. Abahlali.org. Retrieved on 2012-02-10.
- KwaMashu Film IMDB
- STILL MY HOME FILM