Prior to 1850, Edendale was known as Werverdien
farm, owned by Andreas Pretorius one of the leaders of the Great
Trek that trekked from the Cape in 1838.
Werverdien was bought from Andreas Pretorius
in about 1845 by the Methodist Church of Southern Africa member
than known as the Weslean Church under the leadership of Rev. James
Allison (commonly known as Mneli in Afrikaans "meneer"
).The name changed to Edendale Settlement. In November 1861 the
Edendale Settlement was issued a Title Deed.
As time moved on, Indians infiltrated into Edendale
as businessman and other white man such as Sydney Hodges who established
a Wickerworks undertaking. This place was eventually sold to the Province
which erected Edendale Vocational Training Collage, which was split
into two schools namely Technical School and Technical High School.
Edendale During The Apartheid Regime
The Nationalist Party came into power in 1948.
Nationalists Party enacted apartheid policy known as Group Areas
Act. This disrupted the life of many communities, Edendale included.
It was during the era that Edendale Hospital for Africans only was
built. The services at this Hospital were not comparable with those
of Greys (whites only ) Hospital
Movements of blacks into towns were restricted
by the Apartheid policies this affected blacks socio-economically
as well as politically. Many residents of Edendale also suffered
from the "NINETY DAYS DETENTION" without trial. Young
people left the country to escape imprisonment. Education was also
affected. It is the separate development and education in mother
tongue that brought about Bantu Education which was more inferior
even to the former system of education, then known as, Native Education.
The Apartheid Regime almost succeeded in causing
demarcation among the black community through the use of political
informers who were government employed i.e. spying on innocent politicians
and a result some of these culprits died in exile. These informers
enriched themselves through these false accusations
Edendale was then sub-divided and then sold
to Methodist residents and finally to the current Edendale community.
Today Edendale is surrounded by land invaders