Nonoti, KwazuluNatal: The place of Kob, Garrick and beautiful coastlines

Nonoti Community is situated on a 400 hectare piece of land returned to its people by Tongaat Hulett and the Bodasingh family.

The community of Nonoti is formed by 300 households. It is represented by the Inqaba Community Trust. The Trust acquired the land through a successful negotiated land restitution settlement pursuant to a land claim that was lodged by the community (, 2016).

Coastal Links South Africa has a membership base in Nonoti that is currently not structured as a branch, thus they fall (in the interim) under the Stanger branch. The community depends on different type of food security activities, these include working in schools, lodges, running community projects and fishing. Fishermen and women use the Nonoti river and sea to catch Kingfish, big Kob in winter and Garrick.

According to Lindani Ngubane KZN fieldworker for Masifundise, Nonoti fishers were previously being organised by CLSA member Smakelisiwe Mchunu, who passed away last year. The branch must still be formally established.

“The fishers in Nonoti have not been formally incorporated as a stand-alone branch, this process is still being planned”, said Ngubane. “Even though they have not been formalised the community took part in the registration and verification process of the Small-Scale Fisheries Policy, he added. “We encouraged the fishers to go and be registered and to date all fishers in the community took part in the process”.

The Community lies on the northern bank of Nonoti Estuary close to Stanger in Dolphin Coast, KwaZuluNatal. The Nonoti community use the estuary on a daily basis to reach the nearest town, Zinkwazi, which is three kilometres away.

The Nonoti Estuary lies on the seaward side of the N2 where the Nonoti River meets the sea, almost halfway between the inland towns of KwaDukuza and Mandini.

The estuary and its immediate surrounds are an exceptional stretch of pristine coastline virtually unequalled in beauty.

But according to South Africa Venues the urban sprawl of Durban up the N2, and the development of King Shaka International Airport, means that this stretch of coastline, and its unspoilt beaches and dune areas, are under pressure as the demand for properties on the North Coast increases.

To meet development demands, and still protect this section of coastline, is an issue. The Economic Development Agency is in the process of developing a community-run beach tourism resort that will include an eco-lodge.


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