Still today the Indians contribute to the multicultural atmosphere of the city, which is best experienced at the Victoria Street Market. Here all the spices of India are to be found: tandoori, saffron and curry in all variations. The nicest is Mr. Moodley's "Spice Box." This old gentleman is not only very entertaining in the way he offers his goods, but also quite creative in finding new names for his mixtures. His offerings include "honeymoon spice" and "mother-in-law curry". There are many excellent Indian restaurants in town.
Top: Mr. Moodley. Bottom left: Indian lady at a folklore festival. Right: Policeman.
There are almost a million Indians living in South Africa, the largest group outside of India and Pakistan. Most of them are in Durban, because their forefathers were brought to Natal as contract workers for the sugarcane fields. After their contracts had expired, most of them stayed in the country. Many of them bought farms or settled down as artisans or merchants.