Bellville, Western Cape
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|Municipality||City of Cape Town|
|• Total||52.39 km2 (20.23 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,100/km2 (5,600/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||15.7%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Postal code (street)||7530|
Originally called "12 Mile Post" (Afrikaans: "12-Myl-Pos"), since it is located 12 miles (20 km) from Cape Town city centre, it was originally founded as a railway station on the line from Cape Town to Stellenbosch and Strand. In 1861 it was renamed Bellville, after the surveyor general Charles Bell. The city is located in the northern suburbs of the greater Cape Town area. It is very central, situated close to the airport, various golf courses, wine routes and shopping complexes. The Karl Bremer Hospital functioned as the Academic Hospital for the University of Stellenbosch Medical School, but now the adjactent Tygerberg Hospital houses the medical school. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the University of the Western Cape are also situated in Bellville.
Situated in Bellville, the Tyger Valley shopping centre is a sprawling mall with a huge variety of shops, boutiques and recreational facilities. Opposite Tyger Valley lies the Willowbridge open air shopping centre, which features the Willowbridge Slow Market every Saturday. The High Street shopping complex is situated just off Durban Road. Adjacent to Durban Road lies Edward Street, a service road filled with popular nightclubs, bars and restaurants catering generally for nightlife entertainment. The Mayibuye Centre, which houses a collection of material from South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, is worth a visit because most of the collection pieces were originally banned.
The multi-purpose Bellville Velodrome is located in the Tyger Valley area of Bellville.
Opposite the Velodrome is Africa's first toboggan track, Cool Runnings.
In the local music scene Bellville has been nicknamed Bellville Rock City due to the number of popular bands that hail from the city, such as Fokofpolisiekar, Foto Na Dans, Jax Panik, Jack Parow, aKING and Die Heuwels Fantasties.
The novel 2 Dae in Mei (English: 2 Days in May) by Jaco Fouché takes place in Bellville.
A community of Somalis have made several blocks of downtown Bellville their refuge from war at home, as well as locally where they have become victims in neighbouring districts of commercially-motivated violence and killings.
- Queen Rania of Jordan visited the Tygerberg Hospital in 2006
- Belhar Secondary School
- The Bellville Website
- Bellville Directory
- "Main Place Bellville". Census 2011.
- "City Review - 17 September 2002". City of Cape Town. 2002-09-17. Retrieved 2009-02-26. "the former City of Bellville"