Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal

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Inanda is located in KwaZulu-Natal
 Inanda shown within KwaZulu-Natal
Location within Durban
Inanda is located in Durban
Inanda is located in South Africa
Inanda (South Africa)
Inanda is located in Africa
Inanda (Africa)
Coordinates: 29°41′S 30°56′E / 29.683°S 30.933°E / -29.683; 30.933Coordinates: 29°41′S 30°56′E / 29.683°S 30.933°E / -29.683; 30.933
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
Municipality eThekwini
 • Total 26.81 km2 (10.35 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 158,619
 • Density 5,900/km2 (15,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 99.4%
 • Coloured 0.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 0.1%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 88.6%
 • Xhosa 4.5%
 • English 2.4%
 • S. Ndebele 1.4%
 • Other 3.1%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street) 4310
PO box 4309
Area code 031

Inanda (isiZulu: Pleasant Place) is a township in eastern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa that is situated 24 km inland from Durban; it now forms part of eThekwini, the Greater Durban Metropolitan Municipality. Populated primarily by Zulu-speaking Black Africans, Inanda is known as the home of John Langalibalele Dube, first president of the African National Congress (ANC), as a residence/base of operations of Mahatma Gandhi, and as birthplace of the syncretic Nazareth Baptist Church.


Gandhi and the Phoenix Settlement[edit]

In 1904, Mohandas Gandhi, who had resided in nearby Durban since 1893, established a small village-like settlement, Phoenix Settlement, on the northwestern outskirts of Inanda. Boasting residences, a clinic, a school, and a printing press, Phoenix served for a time as an important home to Gandhi, his family and his followers as they strove to follow a path of social change through passive resistance. The activist newspaper Indian Opinion, which argued strenuously for the civil rights of Indian South Africans, was published here in four languages.

Phoenix Settlement continued to serve as home to a number of residents and activists even after Gandhi's departure in 1914, including his son, Manilal Gandhi. By the early 1980s, a squatter camp, Bhambayi, occupied most of the area around the Settlement. In 1985, riots in the camp over apartheid caused heavy damage to Phoenix Settlement's buildings, and the community was largely abandoned until February 2000, when then-President Thabo Mbeki formally committed to its reopening and restoration.

Nazareth Baptist Church[edit]

In 1910, the Zulu mystic and charismatic preacher Isaiah Shembe founded the Nazareth Baptist Church, an African initiated church blending Christianity and indigenous Zulu traditions, in Inanda. Church doctrine emphasizes abstemious living and the Ten Commandments; its followers, themselves known as "Shembe", ascribe quasi-messianic powers to Isaiah Shembe and his descendants. The Church has undergone several schisms in the over 100 years since its founding. Most Shembe still hail from KwaZulu-Natal, and the historic and venerated Inanda church headquarters site, ekuPhakameni, remains in use.


John Langibalele Dube, nicknamed "Mafukuzela" and his wife Nokutela Dube was born here in the 1870s at an American-run Christian mission station in Inanda. The son of a highborn Zulu pastor, Dube was educated at Oberlin College in the United States. Upon returning to his native Inanda, Dube began to compose the first of his many thoughtful essays on the history and progress of Africans and founded the first bilingual Zulu/English newspaper, Ilanga laseNatali (The Sun of Natal), in 1903. Throughout his life, Dube was an active, pioneering author of Zulu literature. He later became a vocal force for Black African advancement and liberation, serving from 1912–1917 as the first president of the South African Native National Congress, which was to evolve into the influential African National Congress party.

Inspired by the work of African-American educator Booker T. Washington and his Tuskegee University, Dube and his wife founded several schools in Inanda, including Ohlange High School,[2] Redfern Primary School, and Langalibalele High Primary School. Dube's home neighborhood in Inanda, Dube Village, now contains numerous memorials to his efforts.

"Indian and Black clashes"[edit]

Between 1978 and 1994 Inanda was the frontier of countless clashes between the two resident races resulting in most of the indian population retreating to the Phoenix settlement.


Nearby communities in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, in addition to the major city of Durban, include KwaMashu and Ntuzuma. Inanda occupies an extensive area and is subdivided into smaller townships (villages), including Inanda Newtowns A, B, and C; Inanda Glebe; Amaoti; and Emachobeni. The area of Dube Village has become something of a tourist attraction because of its rich historical connection to John Langibalele Dube.

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

Chain stores such as Spar and Shoprite contribute to the community. Dube Village currently enjoys increased investment and development.



Inanda is the headquarters of bilingual (English/Zulu) radio station Inanda FM, which broadcasts throughout KwaZulu-Natal.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Inanda". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Nokutela Dube, Johannesburg City Parks, retrieved 8 April 2015