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Information on Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Amanzimtoti is a town just south of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. According to local legend, Zulu king Shaka led his army down the south coast on a raid against the Pondos. When resting on the banks of a river and drinking the water, he exclaimed "Kanti amanzi mtoti" ("So, the water is sweet” in isiZulu). The river came to be known as Amanzimtoti. The Zulu word for sweet is actually mnandi, but Shaka he invented the word toti to replace mnandi out of respect not to wear out her name. Locals often refer to the town as Toti.

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Amanzimtoti is renowned for its beaches  and sunny weather. It is a popular tourist destination and especially with surfers. The sardine run is an annual attraction at the beaches. Amanzimtoti’s location is a convenient destination. It is 11km from the Aiport and close to the N2 highways. It has several malls, arcades and a water park.
Amanzimtoti has some wetlands and patches of forest where a wide variety of indigenous species still exist. Many of these are rare or endangered as housing developments continue.

Most of the wildlife can be found in the coastal dune vegetation or along the Amanzimtoti River. The Ilanda Wilds Nature Reserve was proclaimed along the banks of the river. This small area of land contains various habitat types, ranging from steep rocky slopes to various riverine habitats, forest and small patches of grassland. There is also a bird park called Umdoni Bird Sanctuary along one of the tributaries of the Amanzimtoti River which is home mostly to waterbirds.

In 2009, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Geographical Names Committee recommended changing the town's name to eManzamtoti.

History of Amanzimtoti

In 1902, it was a seaside resort with a hotel, 4 houses and 12 huts along the lagoon. During the 1920s three hotels were built, World’s View Hotel, the Karridene Hotel and a small hotel near Warner Beach. Transport was a problem as there were only gravel paths with few cars, so people coming to the area made use of the Port Shepstone Express on its way to and from Durban.

The 1930s Depression saw many people moving to Amanzimtoti as the cost of living was cheaper than city living. The town was granted local administration in 1934 and had a population of 774. Electricity was introduced during 1938. 1949 saw the introduction of running water. In 1945 telephone lines were installed and were operated manually. Automation only reached the ares in 1962. A highlight of the 1930s was the visit of popular singer Gracie Fields. The main road running through Amanzimtoti is Kingsway, and it was originally built as the national road and was tarred in the 1950s.

In 1955, the first issue of the first local newspaper, the Amanzimtoti Observer was printed, it was replaced by the South Coast Courier which folded in 1959. The South Coast SUN was the next local paper which opened in 1970 and is still printed every week. November, 1970 saw the installation of 120 parking meters, and the first robot was installed in February, 1981.

Towns and Suburbs of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa

Amanzimtoti , Assagay, Ballito , Bayala, Beachfront, Bergville , Berea , Bishopstowe , Blythedale , Botha's Hill , Cowies Hill , Curry's Post , Dargle , Drakensberg, Dundee, Durban City , Durban North , Empangeni , Estcourt , Eston , Geluksburg , Gillits , Glenwood , Greyville, Hillcrest , Hilton , Hluhluwe , Howick , Illovo , Inchanga , iSamangaliso Wetlands ,Isandlwana , Ixopo , Kloof , Kokstad , La Lucia , Lake Jozini , Lidgetton , Margate , Marina Beach , Melmoth , Mkuze , Mooi River , Morningside , Mount Edgecombe , Mtunzini , Musgrave , Newcastle , Nottingham Road , Oribi Gorge , Oslo Beach , Paulpietersburg , Pennington , Pietermaritzburg , Pinetown , Pongola , Pongolapoort , Port Edward , Port Shepstone , Richards Bay , Rosetta , Salt Rock , Scottburgh , Southbroom , Spioenkop . St Lucia , St Lucia Wetlands , Sydenham, Ulundi , Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park , Ulundi , Umhlanga Rocks , Umtentweni , Umzumbe, Underberg , Vryheid , Wartburg , Westville , Winkelspruit, Winterton , Zimbali , Zinkwazi Beach

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