Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal

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Verulam
Verulam is located in South Africa
Verulam
Verulam
 Verulam shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 29°39′S 31°03′E / 29.650°S 31.050°E / -29.650; 31.050Coordinates: 29°39′S 31°03′E / 29.650°S 31.050°E / -29.650; 31.050
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
Municipality eThekwini
Established 1850[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 18.13 km2 (7.00 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 37,273
 • Density 2,100/km2 (5,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 38.2%
 • Coloured 1.5%
 • Indian/Asian 59.1%
 • White 0.3%
 • Other 0.9%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • English 62.2%
 • Zulu 25.4%
 • Xhosa 4.9%
 • S. Ndebele 1.3%
 • Other 6.2%
Postal code (street) 4339
PO box 4340
Area code 032

Verulam is a town 27 kilometres north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and is now part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Area.

History[edit]

In 1850 a party of 400 methodists settled here and formed the town. The town was then named after the Earl of Verulam, patron of the Brits who settled here.

Demography[edit]

Verulam is inhabited mainly by people of Indian descent. The population is over 63,000. There are several primary and secondary schools catering for all races and all areas of the town. The town contains densely populated residential and industrial areas, which include a multitude of shopping centres, mosques, temples & churches. At the outskirts are large farming areas, several built-up townships, and rural townships. There has been slow but steady progress in modernising the town by providing adequate infrastructure to the rural areas.

Places of interest[edit]

There are a few major attractions in Verulam. One is the Sri Gopalall Hindu Temple which was opened in 1913 by Mahatma Gandhi. It is situated in the small suburb of Temple Valley in Verulam. It is one of the oldest temples in South Africa and still caters for prayer & wedding ceremonies. Another beautiful must see place is called the Gayathri Peedam situated in Brindhaven. This is the only temple in Africa that houses two(2) full figure Gayathri Murthi's. The ashram is very busy with Sacred Mantra Chants and Crystal Healing Crusades, weekly Navagraha's, Full Moon (Pournami) prayers and Friday Satsangs. The Peedam hosts a spectacular meditation garden; a Hanuman Shrine, Shiva Mandir, Sani Shrine and the only Mahavatar Kriya Babaji Shrine in Africa. The ashram focuses on community and youth development programs.

Verulam cemetery holds the remains of Muslim writer and motivational speaker Ahmed Deedat.

The Hazelmere Dam, just a few kilometres from Verulam, features a variety of activities, such as watersports, fishing, nature walks, bird watching, a wide range of game, campsites & luxury accommodation.

Christ Embassy Verulam is a church in Temple Valley run by Dr. Pastor Shane Maharaj and is a group of the main Christ Embassy church in Nigeria run by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. The ministry is constantly expanding with many healings having taken place there.

Verulam market is a fresh produce market attracting customers from all around KwaZulu-Natal. Verulam has many brilliant schools. This mainly includes primary schools such as Lotusville Primary, Verulam Primary, Dawncrest Primary, Verulam Secondary, Mountview Secondary, Temple Valley Secondary, Verulam Independent School and Glenhaven secondary school. Dawncrest Primary is a very interesting school in Verulam, in that many of the top pupils at Mountview Secondary usually attend Dawncrest Primary in their formative years. Temple Valley Secondary is one of the best schools in Verulam achieving a 95%+ pass rate for the past 5 years. Other schools of interest would be Mountview Secondary, with 100% pass rate for a few years and often featuring pupils in the top 10 in SA for matric results. Verulam is one of the only towns in the world to have the main street(Wick Street) end in a river. Packo pickles, Grafton Everest, Colgate Palmolive and Frimax chips are made in Verulam.

Verulam is also home to the Verulam Day and Frail Care Centre. The Frail Care Centre caters to destitute frail and elderly citizens with 24 hour nursing care. The Day Care Centre arranges activities and meals for functional elderly on a daily basis. There is also a Hall that is hired out for various functions and meetings.

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