Phoenix at a glance
Phoenix was established in 1976 and is situated 20km northwest of central Durban. It is said to be one of the oldest Indian settlements in South Africa.
The Phoenix Settlement is a South African Heritage site, marking the place Gandhi developed his philosophy of passive resistance that was to eventually free his homeland of India from British colonial rule.
The strength in community is evident in the inter dependency between neighbors that support each other in the day to living. If you’re from Phoenix, it’s likely your neighbours have never changed, the kids from next door are a familiar sight in your back yard and there’s no harm in borrowing some sugar when you run out.
Phoenix is a thriving community, although predominantly Indian, there is progression towards integration of all South Africans from the different race groups.
The landscape has changed from small compact homes to magnificent structures, Infrastructure is being upgraded constantly, as evidenced by the newly revamped Phoenix Plaza and other shopping centres in the Parthenon Street area. Phoenix can also lay claim to a number of schools, sports grounds, libraries, halls and public swimming pools. It’s a well-developed area by township standards.
The local shopping centers, nearby Cornubia Mall and Gateway Theatre of Shopping is is all conveniently located a stones throw away.
Other places of interest in and around Phoenix include the Emperumal Hindu Temple in Mt Edgecombe and the historic Phoenix settlement, spiritual home of Mahatma Ghandi. The temple was erected in 1875 and is arguably the oldest in the country.