The borders of Hood 6 (sometimes referred to as Section 1) include two NY streets which have been renamed – Steve Biko Drive (formerly NY 1) and Gasela Street (formerly NY 6). The other streets which frame this neighbourhood are NY 44 and NY3 – both soon to be renamed as part of the Name Your Street campaign.
This is the area where the first temporary homes were built in Gugulethu on NY 44. Included in the strip of shops on NY 43 is uMamngwevu’s famous butchery – the first business registered to a woman in Gugulethu.
This neighbourhood boasts Gugulethu’s first primary school, Mseki School, which is where Dr Mzwandile Plaatjie was educated. Dr Plaatjie recently published a book entitled ‘Gugulethu. The fragments of unwritten history”.
Incidentally, the first building of Fezeka High School was in this hood, too.
Fanie Jason, the famous photographer, is also from this hood. Fanie was born in Heathfield in 1953, but under the Group Areas Act, his family was relocated to Gugulethu in 1960. His interest in photography was born in Hood 6’s dusty streets all those years ago, though his career took off in the early eighties when he worked for Drum and Pace magazine in Cape Town.
Whitey Jacobs, the former MEC for local government and housing in the Western Cape and the former MEC for Sports and Cultural Affairs in the Province, hails from NY 43.
A long line of residents of this neighbourhood have made their mark on the world. Now it’s your turn.