Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Transfer to Chatsworth

Transfers were good, I was able to fit everything in two suitcases (because I gave the other away) and my new area is basically in Durban. Its called Chatsworth and it's an all Indian area. One of three but it's a lot smaller of an area than Stanger. We can actually drive from one side of it to the other in under 30 minutes. 

This area was also closed beforehand, meaning they took the missionaries out, so my comp and I are both new. We are "opening" the area. Which apparently means I am responsible or something...Also coming into this area I heard tons of stories about the members and how they gossip and there's so many less actives because of it. We met this active lady that goes to a different ward because she is so offended by what happens here in the Chatsworth Ward. I'm so excited!! But really it should be fun.

FYI, there is NO Daylight Savings here in South Aftrica.

I had one investigator in Stanger that will for sure get baptized. She is scheduled for March 22 so Elder Petrie will hopefully send me pictures.

My new comp's name is Elder Halford. He is from Derby, England and he's been on his mission for 20 months. He is pretty sweet and a great worker. He jokes a lot as well so thats nice!  :)

working hard...
Elder Preator


Chatsworth, is a large suburb created in the 1960s to house the predominantly South Africa Indian population. The suburb is situated in South Durban basin in South Africa and is roughly bordered by the Umhlatuzana River in the North and Umlaas River in the South.

In the 1940s, The Pegging Acts and the Ghetto Act were passed. These acts gave the government the right to remove and destroy shacks and small self-made shelters, with the putative intention of improving sanitary conditions. This led to the Group Areas Act of June 1950, which designated certain areas for the Whites and other areas for Indians, Coloureds and Africans. Indians were removed from areas such as Mayville, Cato Manor, the Clairwood, Magazine Barracks, Bluff, Riverside, Prospect Hall, Duikerfontein and Sea Cow Lake. The removed populace was moved into primarily the two large Indian suburbs of Phoenix, which is situated North of Durban, and Chatsworth in the South.

During the later 1940s and early 1950s, there were advertisements in the papers of an exclusively Indian suburb, Umhlatuzana. Then in the early 1960s Chatsworth was planned, opening in 1964 and consisting of eleven neighbourhood units. Modern day Chatsworth is spread over seven municipal wards which all fall roughly in the South Central municipal area. Chatsworth was deliberately built to act as buffer between white residential areas and the large African township of Umlazi.

1 comment:

  1. Fascinating history. Your challenge now is to start a trend of positive gossip. How many nice things can people say about another. That reflects the true spirit of the gospel. Good luck!