Umlazi is a township on the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, located south-west of Durban. It is the third largest township in South Africa, after Soweto and Tembisa. The township is the only township in the country that has its own registration plate, which is NUZ. Umlazi is divided into 26 sections, A through to Z, with the exception of I,O and X, but with an addition of AA, BB and CC.
According to legend, the name Umlazi comes from “umlaza”, the Zulu word for the sour acid produced from fermented or sour milk. It is believed that when King Shaka was passing through the area, he refused to drink from a local river claiming it had the taste of “umlaza”. The area was called Umlazi after this incident.