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Felix Dlamini Road
Formerly Brickfield Road


The first black city manager of eThekwini, Felix Dlamini was also a noted social worker, communicator, educator and unifier. Born on 21 September 1940 at Highflats in Ixopo, one of of eight children, Dlamini attended Mhlabashana Primary School and later Mariannhill Junior Secondary. He enrolled at the University of Zululand where he studied to become a social worker. Dlamini immersed himself in the field, and went on to serve as the president of the South African Black Social Workers Association from 1982 and 1992.

In 1967 he married Nelly Dlamini. The couple had three daughters, Nolwazi, Khaliphile and Zamaswazi. A loyal ANC supporter, he was one of the key figures in recruiting members and reviving organisational structures in the greater Durban area and beyond after the unbanning of the party in 1990. In 1991 Dlamini was instrumental in establishing the Umlazi Peace Committee. In 1996 he was elected as the first chairman of the ANC’s Durban South region. Highly regarded by his comrades, Dlamini was a humble and flexible man, but firm when it came to organisational matters and he implemented party programmes to the letter.

Efficient

From 1998 he served on the ANC’s provincial executive committee. An MPL from 1994 to 1999, Dlamini was regarded by many as an effective and efficient member of the KwaZulu-Natal Finance Portfolio Committee. He became the committee’s chairman in 1999. In 1999 he was also made the first eThekwini Unicity manager, a position he held until his death on 21 January 2002. He had contracted malaria during a visit to the Kruger National Park. His wife Nelly described him as an “enthusiastic person who loved life and loved people”. He is also survived by his daughters and grandchildren, Mpho and Dineo.

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