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Metrorail KwaZulu-Natal station in KwaMashu
Metrorail KwaZulu-Natal station in KwaMashu
KwaMashu is located in KwaZulu-Natal
KwaMashu is located in 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
CountrySouth Africa
 • Total21.47 km2 (8.29 sq mi)
 • Total175,663
 • Density8,200/km2 (21,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African98.8%
 • Coloured0.2%
 • Indian/Asian0.8%
 • White0.1%
 • Other0.1%
First languages (2011)
 • Zulu91.3%
 • English2.9%
 • Xhosa1.5%
 • S. Ndebele1.3%
 • Other3.0%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
Area code031

KwaMashu is a township 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) north of Durban, South Africa. The name is in honour of Sir Marshall Campbell and means Place of Marshall.[2] KwaMashu is bordered by Newlands East to the south, Newlands West to the west, Ntuzuma to the north, Phoenix to the north-east, Mount Edgecombe to the east and Durban North to the south-east.


KwaMashu is notable for its lively performing arts scene, which includes 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. Uzalo, a South African telenovela is shot and set in kwaMashu as well as the drama series eHostela that's on Mzansi Magic.

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[6]
  • Daluxolo Lower Primary
  • EThekwini Junior Primary
  • Dumani Lower primary School
  • Gugulethu 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
  • Phumelela Higher Primary
  • Phuthumani Primary
  • Shayamoya Lower Primary School
  • Sibonelo High School
  • Sivananda FET School
  • Siyanda Mazulu primary school
  • Thandimfundo Lower Primary School
  • Thandukwazi Higher Primary School
  • Tholamandla Higher Primary School
  • Zakhe High School
  • Dukemini Lower Primary School
  • Vuyiswa Mtolo High School
  • Vilakazi Junior Primary School
  • Zeph Dlomo High School
  • Zamokuhle Lower Primary School
  • Ekusizaneni Higher Primary School
  • Laerskool Eenheid Primary School

Related Townships[edit]

Notable People from KwaMashu[edit]

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.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place KwaMashu". Census 2011.
  2. ^ Raper, R.E. Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa).
  3. ^ World Habitat Day. Retrieved on 2012-02-10.
  4. ^ The ANC's coup in Kennedy Road. Retrieved on 2012-02-10.
  5. ^ Siyanda (A & B) March, Siyanda to Downtown KwaMashu, 14 April 2009. Retrieved on 2012-02-10.
  6. ^ Muofhe, Luambo. "Buhle Park Primary School Admission". Modern Classroom. Modern Classroom Admin. Retrieved 8 December 2021.
  7. ^ "KwaMashu (2008)". IMDb. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  8. ^ "STILL MY HOME – KwaMashu The Official Film Site". Archived from the original on 11 October 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015.

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