Newcastle, renowned as the third largest city in KwaZulu-Natal and hailed as the province’s industrial centre, has captivated the hearts of its residents with its unique charm. Home to thousands of people, this town holds a special place in the hearts of true Newcastillians, who are well acquainted with its diverse qualities.
Nestled amidst breathtaking scenery and steeped in a rich historical legacy, Newcastle, even though deemed a city, exudes a small town ambience.
For those considering moving to Newcastle, it’s essential to know what you can expect and to familiarise yourself with the nuances of this beloved city.
Seeking insights from the community, Newcastillian News asked a few residents to shed light on what newcomers should know about Newcastle before making the leap.
Here is what they had to say:
Dwaine Botha, a local resident, emphasised, “It’s a small town, so everyone knows each other. But it is a helpful community.”
He also described Newcastle as a tranquil town with an array of beautiful venues to explore. Dwaine highlighted how these venues make the most of the town’s natural splendour and picturesque landscapes, emphasising outdoor activities and socialising as key focal points.
However, he cautioned that reputations in Newcastle are widely shared, advising newcomers to be mindful of their conduct. “So, you have to be careful, but if you do good, people will hear about it and treat you accordingly,” Dwaine added.
Cllr Bertie Meiring:
Bertie Meiring, a well-known councillor for the Newcastle Municipality, drew upon his own experience since relocating to Newcastle in 1994.
He stressed that the town’s appeal lies not in specific neighbourhoods but in individual streets. Certain streets can significantly enhance the overall appeal of a suburb.
To make an informed decision about settling in Newcastle, Bertie emphasised the importance of identifying the ideal streets within the city.
He further remarked, “Newcastle is also a growing town, and the people are extremely caring and are always willing to help each other in times of need.”
Lizzy Arumugam, who moved to Newcastle over 16 years ago from Tongaat and serves at the Newcastle SAPS, offered her perspective on the close knit community.
According to Lizzy, the people of Newcastle are deeply engaged and exhibit a strong sense of care. She did, however, caution those migrating from coastal areas not to expect the perpetual warm weather they are accustomed to.
“The scenery is beautiful, you get to see livestock while driving, unlike the cities, but Newcastle’s temperatures are colder than Durban and the coastal areas. Nonetheless, the community is welcoming, and everything is conveniently situated in close proximity,” Lizzy remarked.
Jabu Makhoba and Lizelle Smith:
Jabu Makhoba and Lizelle Smith of Newcastle Crisis Centre are united in their view on a fact that any true Newcastle resident will agree on, everything is a mere 10 minutes away and in close proximity of each other.
Lizelle said, “Newcastle is peaceful and tranquil, and everyone is going their way slowly.”
Moreover, Jabu agrees with Lizzy Arumugam, in terms of the weather. “There is almost no traffic in Newcastle, but it is cold if you come from Durban,” she emphasised.
As a Director at Newcastillian News and moving from Johannesburg to Newcastle 11 years ago, Calvin says that it is vital to embrace the change in pace. Coming from Joburg, where life is constantly accelerating, in Newcastle, you get to enjoy family and personal time, as life is more relaxed down here.
He also states that getting involved is imperative. “In Newcastle, your involvement echoes and impacts numerous lives and is a key fundamental in the functioning of the town, unlike in cities.”
As residents generously shared their invaluable insights, it is clear that Newcastle’s allure lies not only in its scenic beauty and rich history but also in its tightly knit and compassionate community.
While Newcastle may present newcomers with a few considerations, the town’s undeniable charm and caring atmosphere make it a compelling destination for those seeking a close community connection.
But what are your thoughts and what do you feel newcomers should know? We encourage you to leave your comments below to better assist those looking at moving to our town/city.