Denise Brits tells us about how Kenneth Gardens was 40 years ago

Article by: Fundiswa Hlatshwayo on July 23, 2013 in Ixia court, Kenneth Gardens

Denise Brits is one of the old residents of Kenneth gardens, she was born in Durban in Kwa-Zulu Natal in 1945 June 13.

She grew up at the bluff with her siblings. She used to love her doll when she was a child, she used to play outside the house with her brothers, they used to play hide and seek, soccer and cricket they didn’t need television for entertainment and all the modern technology kids use nowadays.

She then relocated to Kenneth gardens 40 years ago when her daughter was only 3 years along with the rest of her family. All her children were born and bred in Kenneth Gardens and have their own children that were raised in Kenneth Gardens.

During our interview she shared a lot about the history of Kenneth Gardens. She tells us about how beautiful and clean Kenneth Gardens was back then when she first moved in to the place. She tells about how beautiful the gardens were. The bottom park was always clean and had green grass compared to how it is now. The animals were not allowed at that time. They never had to worry about the safety of their children when playing in the park as they do now.  The cars were not allowed to park inside and damage the park and the grass. The children had everything they needed to play with at the park; they had lovely swings and trampolines. The buildings were taken care of, and she told us about a guy called Simon who was an Induna or supervisor at that time. Simon owned the building that has now been converted to a hall. Simon took care of the plumbing issues that needed to be attended and other issues they had as a community. He then unfortunately got involved in a car accident and passed away.

Denise mentioned the crime that has been taking place at her and the neighboring flats neighbors which she says nothing has been done about. As she was not at home some people broke into her house and they stole most of her belongings. She believes she knows who the culprits are but doesn’t have proof so no justice was done.  She told us about how there was never a drug abuse problem back in the days as there is now. And she feels sorry for the young kids that normally play at the park as they normally find little packets of dagga being placed under the swings they play in.She however still believes that the place can still go back to how it was back then if the community members can only cooperate and work together to improve the place and the crime rate, drug abuse and the cleanliness of the place. She believes Kenneth Gardens is still a community that still has the spirit of ubuntu and she loves being part of it.

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One Response to “Denise Brits tells us about how Kenneth Gardens was 40 years ago”

  1. Kerry July 30, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    I have lived in Kenneth Gardens for the last almost 11 years. I was actually born there but moved away when I was 6 years old and only came back recently. I often walk through the park to the iconic Johnnies shop and I take a trip down memory lane. I remember the green grass and the exact day that the huge tires were placed in the park for the kids to play on. I remember the jungle gym and the cargo nets and the screams of the kids while playing long into the night during December holidays. Now the flats are a far cry from what they used to be. It is very sad. I loved Simon very much and I remember the day I went to fetch my key’s when I moved back in. He recognized my straight off and found it hard to believe that I now was all grown up with kids of my own. Good or bad, Kenneth gardens is now my home and I am grateful for the roof over my head and for my amazing neighbors.

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