Furthermore, 36 000 circulars were distributed in Cato Manor extolling the virtues of home-ownership, and industries were contacted and asked if they would assist in the removal of their employees.In a competition held by The Daily News newspaper to find a proper name for the township, the name Kwa Mashu was suggested. Champion - Mahlati) or Mafukuzela (after John Langalibalele Dube).
Mantombazane, ningathi uma nishiywa amadoda ebusika bese nicabanga ukuthi yingoba isithole isidudla esingcono kunawe.Igenge le engangathi, le evamile vele ukuhlala nezithandwa zayo, yazi kahle ukuthi awukho umzuzu ongesiwo owocansi.Kubalulekile ukuthi uzifundise ukuba yingubo enamehlo uma kubanda kuthi uma kushisa uphinde ube umthokozisi wenhliziyo yesithandwa sakho, usinike ukuthula, phezu kokuthula usenze sibe nokukulangazelela, ukushisa kungangeni phakathi kwenu.The Group Areas Act was a system used by the Apartheid government to physically separate Indians, Coloureds and Africans who lived collectively in places such as Umkhumbane (Cato Manor ) an Indian township in Durban, Sophiatown in Johannesburg and District Six in Cape Town.Kwa Mashu became home to many of the people who were displaced through the implementation of the Act.Kwa Mashu is notable for its lively performing arts scene, lively performing arts scene thrives including Maskandi, hip hop, pansula dancing, dance, drama, football.
Through performance the young people of Kwa Mashu are raising the cultural profile of Kwa Mashu, aided significantly by the skills, resources and direction of e Khaya Multi Arts Centre for Arts and Performance.
The Durban City Council was required to submit their strategies to the central government for authorization.
The Council was not only expected to ensure that 10 000 Indians were removed from the Duff's Road village, which fell within the boundaries of the new proposed township, but it also had to place buffer zones between African and Indian neighbourhoods and make certain that there were no connecting roads between them.
The township also boasts a community radio station at the e Khaya Multi Arts Centre, called Vibe 94.70 FM, which has been in operation for more than 4 years.
Formerly a sugar cane plantation, Kwa Mashu’s name is a Zulu adaptation of Marshall which means ‘the place of Marshall’.
The area was successively administered by the Durban City Council and the Port Natal Administration Board and, on 1 April 1977, was transferred to the authority of the newly defined Kwa Zulu government.