National Geographic : 1962 Nov
Durban, a medley of races: Zulus, Asians, Europeans DURBAN BEGAN LIFE as wild and woolly as Dodge City, Kansas. Zulus like the fellow at far right fought the whites. Boers and Englishmen battled one another. Durban men spent so much time fighting they did lit tle building until the middle of the past cen tury. Having seen a city of 655,000 people and 80 square miles rich in factories, parks, and skyscrapers, I could hardly believe that it was so recently a cluster of ramshackle huts. 660 Indentured Indian laborers arrived in 1860 to toil in rural sugar fields. Their grandsons are shopkeepers, doctors, dentists, and law yers. Today Durban has 231,000 Indians. In Mohandas Gandhi's youth, he practiced law in Durban and worked here to improve the lot of his fellow Indians, but had little success. Under apartheid's restrictions, Asians still cannot vote. Building below in the Indian quarter bears the marks of the East in its mosquelike dome and shaded arcades. Sari-clad Indian housewives on the page opposite (lower) do their daily marketing. Ankles heavy with metal rings, Zulu wom en in blankets buck Durban's traffic on a shopping tour. Picka back baby wears a fuzzy bonnet. Market bound, wom en use their heads in Durban. White women also shop the Indian market for bargains in fresh foods of all kinds.