Phoenix, Durban

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Phoenix is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Phoenix is located in South Africa
Phoenix is located in Africa
 Phoenix shown within KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates: 29°42′04″S 31°00′14″E / 29.701°S 31.004°E / -29.701; 31.004Coordinates: 29°42′04″S 31°00′14″E / 29.701°S 31.004°E / -29.701; 31.004
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
Municipality eThekwini
Established 1976
 • Total 30.16 km2 (11.64 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 176,989
 • Density 5,900/km2 (15,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 12.1%
 • Coloured 1.8%
 • Indian/Asian 85.0%
 • White 0.2%
 • Other 0.9%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 87.4%
 • Zulu 8.1%
 • Other 4.5%
Postal code (street) 4068
PO box 4080
Area code 031

Phoenix is an Indian township, northwest of central Durban, in South Africa, KwaZulu Natal. It was established as a township in 1976, but it has a long history of Indian occupation. It is associated with the Phoenix Settlement, built by Mahatma Gandhi.[2]


The township was founded initially as a sugarcane estate. After the passing of the Group Areas Act, a law which designated specific regions for occupation by specific races, Phoenix became an Indian township. Sections were initially labelled as precincts or units, and then later renamed with proper street addresses.

Places in Phoenix[edit]

Until the early 1990s, Phoenix was divided into by local government into 'units'. These 'units' have since been given street and area names, such as:

• Corngrove road and Fiddlewood Crescent

  • Grove End (unit 17)
  • Eastbury (unit 7)
  • Southgate
  • Greenbury(Unit 2)
  • Rainham (Unit 3)
  • Stonebridge (unit 4)
  • Centenary Park
  • Campbell's Town
  • Centenary Heights
  • Rockford
  • Clayfield (unit 5)
  • Longcroft (unit 8)
  • Rydalvale (unit 9)
  • Brookdale
  • Trenance Manor
  • Sastripark
  • Palmview
  • Caneside (unit 20)
  • Foresthaven (unit 21)
  • Woodview
  • Sunford (unit 15)
  • Redfern (unit 10)
  • Whetstone (unit 11)
  • Westham (unit 12)
  • Lenham (unit 13)

However, many local people still refer to areas by their unit numbers.

They are many religious establishments such has Musjids,Temples and Churches present in Phoenix.

Media and communication[edit]

Local news is distributed via regional newspapers such as the Rising Sun, the Post and Phoenix Tabloid. In terms of telecommunications and internet access 99% of Phoenix is covered by either wireless internet connections such as LTE/4G/3G/2G/EDGE/HSDPA or have access to a landline/ADSL, majority of ADSL uses in Phoenix use The Telkomsa as their Internet service provider.

There are also many local Facebook pages that are used to relay news and crime related incidents

Health and education[edit]

Public education in the Phoenix area is provided by various Primary and Secondary Schools, one Technikon and various F.E.T colleges. There is one major government hospital (Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital), and one private hospital (Mount Edgecombe Hospital). Various clinics are also to be found e.g. Grove end clinic.

List of schools in Phoenix; Mahathma primary school, Stanmore secondary & primary school, Grove end secondary school, Woodview primary & secondary school, Highstone Primary School (In unit 11), Grandmore primary, Palmview Primary School, Riverview Primary School, Olimpia Primary School, Palmview Secondary School, Sastripark Secondary School, Northmead Secondary School (in Unit 10)

Shopping centres[edit]

Phoenix Plaza, Gem City, Starwood Mall and The Acropolis are some of the few shopping centres that can be found in Phoenix's CBD. These centres cater for various needs from top brand shops to local products.

Phoenix Plaza[edit]

Phoenix Plaza owned by Vukile Property Fund is a shopping centre situated north of Durban. The centre is home to more than 105 independent and national retailers with Shoprite as its anchor tenant.

The shopping centre totalling a gross lettable area of 24,341 m² was built in 1993.


Two main means of public transport are available, taxis and the rail system. Phoenix has its own railway station which connects to many towns in Durban. The King Shaka International Airport is a few minutes drive which provides various outlets.

Industrial sector[edit]

Phoenix also hosts a huge industrial area with big companies such as SAB Miller, which produces beverages in the Coca-Cola family.


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