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Quick Fact
  • 175,663

  • 50,683

  • 5,5%

  • 44,1%

  • 97,1%

  • 75,9%

KwaMashu is a Zulu name that is adapted from the English word marshall and means 'place of the Marshall'. It refers to a former member of the Legislative Assembly of Natal, Sir Marshall Campbell (1848-1917). Jeff Radebe, politician and African National Congress (ANC) member, lived in KwaMashu after his family was forcibly removed from nearby Cato Manor in 1958. The township is also the birth place of Henry 'Black Cat' Cele (1949-2007), a famous soccer player who went on to become an actor. He is well known for his role as Shaka Zulu in SABC's 1986 Shaka Zulu mini series. (GPS coordinates: 29.7416 S, 30.9902 E).

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  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population175,663
Young (0-14)23,6%
Working Age (15-64)73,4%
Elderly (65+)3%
Dependency ratio36,3
Sex ratio112,1
Population density8183 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+3,7%
Higher education aged 20+5,5%
Matric aged 20+40,7%
Number of households50,683
Average household size3,3
Female headed households38%
Formal dwellings77,3%
Housing owned/paying off51,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage75,9%
Weekly refuse removal91,8%
Piped water inside dwelling44,1%
Electricity for lighting97,1%

Place names

Ethekwini Municipality