A Guide to Glenwood Street Names: Berea Road/Dinizulu Road

Glenwood’s streets reflect the character of the neighbourhood- stately and historic, yet inviting and inclusive. These characteristics are also embodied by the names of its streets, which, through various cycles of change have reflected the ways in which Glenwood, Durban, and indeed South Africa as a whole have transformed throughout their histories.
Ignoring the controversies that have accompanied the renaming processes, the Glenwood Collective will, over the following weeks, examine the names of our streets, both old and new. With the help of historian and Glenwoodian Dr. Annie Devenish, we will explore the individuals and families honoured on Glenwood’s street signs and assess their influence on local and national history.
These summaries are far from complete biographies, and we encourage you to pursue your own reading on the subject.

a

Berea Road/King Dinizulu Road

a

Captain Allen Gardiner

Forming Glenwood’s Northeastern boundary, this road provides access to the N3 highway, the rest of the titular Berea neighbourhoods, as well as some of Durban’s classiest dive bars. The name Berea is a reference to the Bible, Acts 17:10 -11 which tells the story of Paul the Apostle and his rejection by the Thessalonians (a group of Greek people based in what would be modern Macedonia) and his subsequent arrival and acceptance by the people at a place called Berea, also in Macedonia, who were eager to listen to his message of the gospel. The Berea was named by Captain Allen Gardiner, a British naval officer who set up a small missionary station on the Ridge in mid-19th Century. Prior to his arrival here, Captain Gardiner had tried to convert the Zulu King Dingane to Christianity without success. So when he named this area of the ridge Berea, and established his mission station here, it was all about wishful thinking – he hoped that the mission would meet with greater success than his efforts with Dingane.

St. Paul preaches to the Macedonians at Berea- no Jesus Dome necessary.

a

A young King Dinizulu

At the opposite end of Berea Road, towards the CBD, stands the statue of Dingane’s great nephew King Dinizulu. Dinizulu/Dinuzulu succeeded Dingane’s nephew Cetshwayo, as Zulu king in 1884. He came to the throne at a turbulent and traumatic time for the Zulu people, which saw the annexation of Zululand in 1887, and the later disintegration of the kingdom under expanding British imperialism in Southern Africa. In 1890 Dinizulu was captured by the British and exiled to St Helena for leading a Zulu army against the annexation. Later, when Zululand was formally incorporated into Natal and opened to white settlement, he was released and installed as a ‘Government Induna’ as part of the British system of indirect rule. Following the Bambatha Rebellion he was arrested again in 1909, accused of harbouring rebels, and sentenced to four years imprisonment. He was released in 1910 by General Louis Botha and retired to a farm near Middelburg in the Transvaal. King Dinizulu died in 1913, while his statue has been staring down Louis Botha since 2007.

a

The tension is palpable

a

One comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *