President visits Phoenix Settlement, Durban
During her recent visit to South Africa, President Pratibha Patil visited the Phoenix Settlement.
- Founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1904 on the north-western edge of Durban, South Africa to experiment with Satyagraha, Sarvodaya and Ahimsa (non-violence).
- It was here Gandhiji first used 3 principles to champion the cause of mine and sugarcane workers, liberation of women and fight against alcohol.
- The Phoenix Settlement was set up to put into practice the values which he followed and preached for the rest of his life – self-help, dignity of labour and simplicity.
- It was in Phoenix Farm on March 5, 1913 that Gandhiji wrote, "refuse to believe that you are weak, and you will be strong."