What is Amanzi?

I’m always asked the question: “What is amanzi?”

Amanzi is the zulu word for ‘water’ and the town that i grew up in was called ‘Amanzimtoti’ which means ‘sweet waters’. The town got it’s name from the chief of the zulus, Shaka Zulu, who once stopped to drink at the river and declared: “kanti amanza mtoti” (so the water is sweet.) The name of the river became Amanzimtoti and also the name of the town that was formed at the mouth of the river.

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