Cape Malays…

and their Heritage

Self-Empowerment: Natal (1858)

Posted by tahirfarrath on February 10, 2010

(History of Muslims in South Africa)

1858 – Arrival of first Muslim Malays and Chinese workers in Natal

By 1858 the labour situation [with regard to sugar farming] was so serious in Natal that the Umzinto Sugar Company brought from Java some Chinese and Malay (officially as) labourers. The first Muslims to be brought to Natal were probably “among the fine body of Chinese and Malays brought from Java in February 1858 to work for the Umzinto Sugar Company [on the south coast of Natal]. This introduction marked the beginning of the importation of Eastern labour to Natal” – [ Natal Mercury, Durban].


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