Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal

Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal

Verulam
Verulam is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Verulam
 Verulam shown within KwaZulu-Natal
Coordinates:
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
Municipality eThekwini
Established 1850[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 18.13 km2 (7.00 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 37,273
 • Density 2,100/km2 (5,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 38.2%
 • Coloured 1.5%
 • Indian/Asian 59.1%
 • White 0.3%
 • Other 0.9%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • English 62.2%
 • Zulu 25.4%
 • Xhosa 4.9%
 • S. Ndebele 1.3%
 • Other 6.2%
Postal code (street) 4339
PO box 4340
Area code 032

Verulam is a town 27 kilometres north of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and is now part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Area.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Demography 2
  • Religious places of interest 3
  • Nature 4
  • Schools and Care Centre 5
  • Industry 6
  • References 7

History

In 1850 a party of 400 methodists settled here and formed the town. The town was then named after the Earl of Verulam, patron of the Brits who settled here.

Demography

Verulam is inhabited mainly by people of Indian descent. The population is over 63,000. There are several primary and secondary schools catering for all races and all areas of the town. The town contains densely populated residential and industrial areas, which include a multitude of shopping centres, mosques, temples & churches. At the outskirts are large farming areas, several built-up townships, and rural townships. There has been slow but steady progress in modernising the town by providing adequate infrastructure to the rural areas.

Religious places of interest

One of the main attractions in Verulam is the Sri Gopalall Hindu Temple which was opened in 1913 by Mahatma Gandhi. It is situated in the small suburb of Temple Valley in Verulam. It is one of the oldest temples in South Africa and still caters for prayer & wedding ceremonies.

Another beautiful place is the Gayathri Peedam, situated in Brindhaven. This is the only temple in Africa that houses two full figure Gayathri Murthi's. The ashram is very busy with Sacred Mantra Chants and Crystal Healing Crusades, weekly Navagraha's, Full Moon (Pournami) prayers and Friday Satsangs. The Peedam hosts a spectacular meditation garden; a Hanuman Shrine, Shiva Mandir, Sani Shrine and the only Mahavatar Kriya Babaj Shrine in Africa. The ashram focuses on community and youth development programs.

Christ Embassy Verulam is a church in Temple Valley run by Dr. Pastor Shane Maharaj and is a group of the main Christ Embassy church in Nigeria run by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. The ministry is constantly expanding with many healings having taken place there.

Verulam cemetery holds the remains of Muslim writer and motivational speaker Ahmed Deedat.

Nature

The Hazelmere Dam, just a few kilometres from Verulam, features a variety of activities, such as watersports, fishing, nature walks, bird watching, a wide range of game, campsites & luxury accommodation.

Verulam is one of only a few towns in the world to have its main street (Wick Street) end in a river.

Schools and Care Centre

Verulam has excellent schools that includes Lotusville Primary, Verulam Primary, Dawncrest Primary, Verulam Secondary, Mountview Secondary, Temple Valley Secondary, Verulam Independent School, Trenance Park Secondary and Glenhaven Secondary School. Dawncrest Primary is a very interesting school in Verulam, in that many of the top pupils at Mountview Secondary (100% matric pass rate) usually attend Dawncrest Primary in their formative years. Temple Valley Secondary is one of the best schools in Verulam that achieved a 95%+ pass rate for the past 5 years.

Verulam is also home to the Verulam Day and Frail Care Centre. The Frail Care Centre caters to destitute frail and elderly citizens with 24 hour nursing care. There is also a hall that is hired out for various functions and meetings.

Industry

Well-known consumer products that are made in Verulam include Packo spices, Grafton Everest, Colgate Palmolive and Frimax chips.

Verulam market is a fresh produce market attracting daily customers from all over KwaZulu-Natal.

References

  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Main Place Verulam". Census 2011.