Information on Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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History of Scottburgh
Named after Natal Colony Governor John Scott and in 1860, it became the first township to be laid out south of Durban, but was originally known as Devonport. Scottburgh then became a very promising port as well as a new attractive location for sugar farms and sugar mills. In about 1850 the town started to attract immigrants mostly from the United Kingdom, known as the Bryne Settlers. They came to take advantage of the good harbours, both locally and at Durban, and to export their sugar both internally and externally. Often mispronounced or misspelled Scottsburgh, Scottburgh became a municipality in 1964
Scottburgh is situated on the South Bank of the Mpambinyoni River, a small river that culminates in a lagoon. The Mpambinyoni mouth has fluctuated in surface area and size dramatically over the years, largely due to the frequent droughts, occasional cyclones, and other extreme weather conditions that can affect KwaZulu-Natal.
Most notorious of the above-mentioned cyclones was Cyclone Demoina of 1984 and the floods of 1987 which resulted in widespread flooding and infrastructural damage, including the destruction of the Old Main Road bridge from Durban and Umkomaas.
Wildlife found regularly inside the township includes snakes, skinks, geckos, numerous insects, millipedes, bushbuck, mongi, and most famously, large numbers of vervet monkeys. Genets have been sighted, and there are isolated unverified spottings of civets and similar small felines and cat like mammals. Birds are abundant, perhaps the most prominent being the raucous and much loved Hadeda Ibis. The Indian Mynah is extensive but regarded as a pest due to its habits of defecating in public restaurants and eating areas and pillaging the nests of native birds. This bird has presented similar problems in other areas in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The sardine run is also visible from the shores of Scottburgh and its surroundings most winters. The Umdoni and Strelitzia are the best-known trees specifically associated with Scottburgh and its environs.
Towns and Suburbs of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa
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