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In 1902 it was a seaside resort with an hotel, 4 houses and 12 huts along the lagoon. During the 1920s three hotels were built - World?s View Hotel, the Karridene Hotel and a small hotel near Warner Beach. Transport was a problem as there were only gravel paths with few cars, so people coming to the area made use of the Port Shepstone Express on its way to and from Durban.
The 1930s Depression saw many people moving to Amanzimtoti as the cost of living was cheaper than city living. The town was granted local administration in 1934 and had a population of 774. Electricity was introduced during 1938. 1949 saw the introduction of running water. In 1945 telephone lines were installed and were operated manually. Automation only reached the ares in 1962. A highlight of of the 1930s was the visit of popular singer Gracie Fields.
The main road running through Amanzimtoti is Kingsway and it was originally built as the national road and was tarred in the 1950s.
In 1955 the first issue of the first local newspaper, the Amanzimtoti Observer was printed, it was replaced by the South Coast Courier which folded in 1959. The South Coast SUN was the next local paper which opened in 1970 and is still printed every week.
November, 1970 saw the installation of 120 parking meters, and the first robot was installed in February, 1981.
The town of Amanzimtoti is reffered to by the locals as 'the Village', so if someone says they are 'going to town' it usually means they are going to Durban - the centre of Durban being about 32km from the centre of Toti, as we call it. Durban is a metropolis of which Toti is the most southern part and became known as the South Local Council in 1995.
In 1996 Toti's golden girl Penny Heyns won double gold at the Atlanta Olympics.
Today Toti has a lot to offer it's locals and visitors.
It's ideal for people who commute to work in Durban, as the freeway system is well planned out. Many companies have moved from the Durban city centre to the suburbs as property is less costly, but the freeways serve these areas too.
Visitors have a vast choice of accommodation ranging from 'bed & breakfasts' to apartments and time-share acccommodation. The Karridene Hotel is a little way out of Toti and much of it is now time-share. There are also caravan parks which offer caravan and tent sites. Some of them also have chalets. The Durban International Airport is about 10 minutes from the centre of Toti and has both taxi and car hire services. There is a taxi service in the town and a Municipal bus service runs from Durban centre to Kingsburg, the most southern part of Toti.
The sandy beaches are safe as they have lifeguards between 6am and 6pm, and there are sharknets all along the coast running from the north coast to Margate which is quite a bit further south of Toti. These are lifted during heavy rains or heavy sea conditions but plenty of warning is given on the beaches at these times. The Sharks Board has patrols that check the nets in the early morning, removing anything that has become entangled during the night and repairing any damaged nets. In summer the sun comes up at 4am and goes down at about 7pm.
There are four shopping centres in the areas, the main one being the 'village centre' which serves most of the apartments which line the beachfront.
Toti is a very popular spot for fishermen who come from various parts of Durban and is a challenge to visitors. There are many shops in the area (along the beachfront) that cater to the sport. The highlight ofcourse is the annual sardine run which takes place between June and August. In September whales can be seen as they calve in the warm Indian Ocean waters at that time. Dolphins can be seen regularly as they swim up and down the coast.
Diving is also popular in various parts along the Toti beachfront, but the best place is Aliwal Shoal which is about 10km south of Toti.
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