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  • 404,811

  • 104,914

  • 9,5%

  • 49,9%

  • 90,4%

  • 52,8%

Umlazi takes its name from the Mlazi River that flows nearby. uMlaza is the Zulu word for 'whey', the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained. Legend has it that when King Shaka passed through this area, he did not want to drink the water from the Mlazi River, claiming that had the sour taste of whey. On the 1 May 1995, at a May Day celebration at Umlazi Stadium, President Nelson Mandela was escorted from the stadium in a armoured vehicle when shots were fired. Umlazi is also the place where Gerard Bhengu (1910-1990), a South African artist, died. His paintings are included in art collections at University of Fort Hare, the Albany museum in Graham's Town, and Museum Africa. (GPS coordinates: 29.9662 S, 30.8875 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 population404,811
Young (0-14)25,8%
Working Age (15-64)71,2%
Elderly (65+)3%
Dependency ratio40,5
Sex ratio98
Population density8530 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+3,4%
Higher education aged 20+9,5%
Matric aged 20+40%
Number of households104,914
Average household size3,7
Female headed households44,3%
Formal dwellings65,1%
Housing owned/paying off53%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage52,8%
Weekly refuse removal91,4%
Piped water inside dwelling49,9%
Electricity for lighting90,4%

Place names

Ethekwini Municipality