Developments in the Township
Department of Bantu Administration helped in the building of the
houses for the first residents of Imbali Township.
houses were made up of cement blocks with a steel door and an asbestos
roof. The interior had 4 rooms and the people had access to the
They had a water system a toilet and a shower in their outside buildings.
The houses had no electricity , but it wasn't something that the
residents weren't used to.
There were certain conditions that allowed you to get a house
- You had to be married .
- You had to be working within the Pietermaritzburg area .
- You certainly had to pay rent .
The roads were not tarred. The main road was
called Willowfontain Road. The roads were named by Mr C.A.G. Dhladhla
(amongst the first residents) commissioned by the Department of
Bantu Administration which were managed by Mr McCollough . The names
of the roads of Imbali come from Flora and Fauna found within Kwa-
Zulu Natal and a few are named after Black people.
are some of the well known ones:
uMthombothi , uMdoni , uMsomi , uMsinsi Named after animals: uMbabala
, uMbube , uNkonka
after people (their surnames):
Thwala , Nkabinde
There were other developments
in the township