Having been established in 1845, Umlazi is one of the oldest townships in South Africa. The name “Umlazi” is said to have originated from “umlaza” (a Zulu word for the sour acid produced from fermented milk). Legend has it that King Shaka and his warriors once passed through the area on their way to battle and stopped to quench their thirst by drinking from a local river. After a few sips, the king remarked indignantly that the water tasted like umlaza. The name stuck.