Umlazi

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Umlazi
Umlazi
Umlazi
Umlazi is located in South Africa
Umlazi
Umlazi
 Umlazi shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 29°58′S 30°53′E / 29.967°S 30.883°E / -29.967; 30.883Coordinates: 29°58′S 30°53′E / 29.967°S 30.883°E / -29.967; 30.883
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
Municipality eThekwini
Established 1845
Area[1]
 • Total 47.46 km2 (18.32 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 404,811
 • Density 8,500/km2 (22,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 99.4%
 • Coloured 0.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 0.1%
 • Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 91.4%
 • Xhosa 3.0%
 • English 2.1%
 • S. Ndebele 1.2%
 • Other 2.3%
Postal code (street) 4066
PO box 4031

Umlazi is a township on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, located south-west of Durban. It is the third largest township in South Africa, after Soweto and Tembisa. The township is the only township in the country that has its own registration plate, which is NUZ. Umlazi is divided into 26 sections, A through to Z, with the exception of I,O and X, but with an addition of AA, BB and CC.

Etymology[edit]

According to legend, the name Umlazi comes from "umlaza", the Zulu word for the sour acid produced from fermented or sour milk. It is believed that when King Shaka was passing through the area, he refused to drink from a local river claiming it had the taste of "umlaza". The area was called Umlazi after this incident.

Infrastructure[edit]

Umlazi, like many townships in the urban areas of Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, and Johannesburg, is witnessing increased private and government investments, as seen in the construction of new shopping complexes, primary and secondary schools, universities of technology and libraries.

The new educational infrastructure is particularly important, as an affordable[citation needed], easily accessible quality secondary education is valuable for many children in Umlazi, particularly with regards to their search for employment following school (most do not attend tertiary institutions due to their families financial resources).

Mangosuthu Highway is the most popular road in Umlazi and it links the residents to the many sections. There are now three shopping malls in Umlazi, the Philani Mega Mall and the Umlazi Mega City Mall which is located just off the freeway that exits to Umlazi and the recently built KwaMnyandu Shopping Centre that opened its doors on the 5th of June 2014.

Almost all sections in Umlazi have a clinic and a police station. The King Zwelithini Stadium, which is located on the Mangosuthu Highway, has recently been revamped for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Education[edit]

The township has two FET Colleges, Umlazi Coastal College V and BB Campuses, which are an equivalent of an American Community Colleges, and a university, Mangosuthu University of Technology.

There are schools that produce 100% Matric (Grade 12) pass rate, including Umlazi Comprehensive Technical High School (Umlazi ComTech), Menzi High School, Velabahleke High School and Zwelibanzi High School.[citation needed] About 30% of homes in Umlazi are informal settlements (tin and wooden shacks). Most of these informal settlements have been demolished and replaced with brand new homes and roads that are part of the Residential Development Project (RDP).[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Umlazi". Census 2011. 

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