SCHOOL HISTORY

The school was first situated down the road, on the right hand side of the old Umhlali traffic light, many years ago.

When Mr Jonh Robert, who was known as Lwane, donated land for the school and for the Methodist Church in the “Foxhill African Residence” area, the school moved to its present location. This was the compound in which Mr Robert’s staff had lived.

The first name of the school was Umhlali State Bantu School. Bearing in mind that this was during the apartheid era, this name was to differentiate it from the white school which was just down the road. After many years the name changed to Umhlali Community School because it accommodated the community at large, and the area was no longer known as Foxhill African Residence.

In the early 1980’s the school was given the name Sizani Primary School. Sizani means TO HELP. There was one block which had three classrooms. Each class was divided into two grades, at the school went up to Grade 6. At a later stage Grade 1 moved to the church across the road, and the Grade 2 class was accommodated in a prefab structure. The Port Natal Bantu Administration Board donated two classes which are now used as a kitchen and staffroom.

An old man known as Mkhombe was allowed to stay on the school site as a caretaker. He stayed with his family. He was given a small portion of land without a title deed. After he passed on his grandson known as Nhleko stayed on the land and is still currently living there.

There were also the Khoza family who were living close to the school. They lived in the cottages which where previously allocated for the educators at the school. Mr Khoza approached the principal to request permission to live on the premises. Tthe family was given the cottage of Mrs Ntombela. They pledged to be the eyes of the school. (These families are still living on the land and believe it to belong to them although there is no written proof between them and the owner of the land.)

The community around the school had developed over the years and the school was in difficulty trying to accommodate the entire community which was growing rapidly, therefore a committee was formed by members in the community to assist by donating a large sum of money which would be used to expand the school premises. From this initiative, 16 classrooms were built and the school was reopened by Regional Chief Director of Education, Dr EP Ndaba on 8 June 1993.