Human Settlement: Urban African Architecture

The history of uMsunduzi is a rich diverse history, from human settlement, architecture, political struggle, and to different cultures. Today we briefly present the history of urban African architecture.

Africans were housed in compounds and barracks in the city and established semirural informal settlements in the areas such as Vulindlela. In the 1950’s African Christians acquired the farm Welverdient (Edendale) and a village was laid out in a Voortrekker grid pattern with Europeans.

  • Vulindlela, a semi rural area in which homes show a mixture of traditional Zulu and European architecture.
  • Sobantu was established in 1920 in an attempt to formalize where and how Africans lived. During the Apartheid era the Group Areas Act defined the areas in which different race groups could live and the townships of Imbali and Ashdown grew in size.