Monday, 23 January 2017

Rickshaw Ride in Durban

For me, December School Holidays meant only one thing, the Natal Coast. Taking a stroll down the Marine Parade, if it is still called that, could be named after some terrorist like Nelson Mandela or Che Guevara now. Still  brought back many memories.  One was the Rickshaws, so I looked up how they came to be here. I see it has nothing to do with the Zulu culture at all, but the Zulu definitely made their stamp with the artwork on the Rickshaws, making them unique to this country.
“The rickshaw (rickshaw) was brought to Durban, in 1893, by the sugar magnate Sir Marshall Campbell, from London. The design was based on the Japanese design and incorporated into a transport system, which only had a handful of cars. They were used to transport ladies and gentlemen to the Berea and back. They were also made available for seaside tourists.
By the 1920’s the rickshaw (rickshaw) was a very well known symbol of the city in general. In 1902, at its peak, more than 24,000 men registered as pullers, for no less than 1,700 rickshas (rickshaws). The men would come to the city for a few months and then return to the country with their earnings.
These iconic symbols are very much part of the Durban main beach rickshaw culture that is Durban. Although, there are only a handful left, their pullers are very dedicated to this dying craft. Although there are less than 20 pullers left, they are dedicated to the art of thrilling their customers. Aside from the beautiful decorated transport, the pullers are decked out in beautiful head-dresses, which are mainly beads and other traditional decorations. All of these beautiful decorations are hand crafted, and there are no two the same.”

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