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Tongaat is a town in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, that is situated on the banks of the Tongati River about 37 km north of Durban and 28 km south of Stanger. It now forms part of eThekwini, the Greater Durban metropolitan area. Its population is predominantly people of Indian descent. Aesthetically English colonial but distinctly cosmopolitan in flavour, Tongaat, part of the Sugar Coast, now supports one of the largest sugar-producing districts in the world.HistoryTongaat was established in 1945 and its name was corrupted from the river's name, Tongati, the Zulu word for the Strychnos mackenii trees that flourish on its banks.CommerceThe town is the centre for the Tongaat Hulett Sugar and the Moreland Molasses Companies. Maidstone Sugar Mill, one of the country's first mills, completed in 1850. Some original sugar-crushing methods are still employed.Places of worshipMosques Railway Street Mosque. 16 Railway St, Tongaat. Gandhi's Hill Mosque. Gopalall Hurbans Road, Gandhi's Hill, Tongaat 4399 The Habibia Soofie Musjid, which is over 100 years old.Churches Tongaat hosts the Tongaat branch of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa, founded by Rev John G. Lake in 1908. The Tongaat South Methodist Church was opened on 26 September 1979. The Anglican church of All Saints can be found in the historic Tongaat Sugar Company village of Maidstone.
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