Clermont under the apartheid days was a black middle-income township. It is surrounded by Westville, Kloof, New Germany and Inanda in the distant. Its main road was called Clermont road and named after Sir Clermont, a farmer who sold his land. It was the only place in Durban where black people were able to buy property and build houses. Since the end of apartheid Clermont has been sprawling with shacks as people from the rural areas come and seek work opportunities in the nearby suburbs of Westville and New Germany, Pinetown and Durban.