Phoenix is situated northwest of central Durban, KZN. It was established as a township in 1976. It is associated with the Phoenix Settlement built by Mahatma Gandhi.

Residential areas surrounding Phoenix are Verulam, Kwa-Mashu, Tongaat and Inanda.

High unemployment has over the years resulted in many households living below the breadline. This impacted directly on the education of the children of this township.