|Municipality||City of Cape Town|
|• Councillor||Melody Klaas (ANC) (Ward 40)
(Belinda) Ntombende Landingwe (Ward 41) (ANC)
Mandisa Matshoba (Ward 42) (ANC)
Faiza Adams (Ward 45) (DA)
|• Total||6.24 km2 (2.41 sq mi)|
|• Density||13,000/km2 ( 33,000/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2001)|
|• Black African||98.8%|
|First languages (2001)|
|Time zone||SAST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||7750, 7752, 7756|
Nowadays many developments take place and have taken place to develop the townships into suburbs where life can flourish. Mzoli's, S'khomas Butchery, and The Gugulethu Sports Complex are some of the better known hotspots in Gugulethu.
The main route, Steve Biko Drive (formerly known as NY1), runs through the township. The apartheid planners did not give names to any of the roads, all were simply numbered. NY1 stood for NATIVE YARDS 1. There has been strong pressure for many of the apartheid era terms to be named properly, which resulted in the City of Cape Town renaming it to Steve Biko Drive in September 2012. Other routes, such as NY78, will be renamed in due course.
The name is a contraction of igugu lethu, which is Xhosa for our pride. Gugulethu, along with Nyanga, was established in the 1960s due to the overcrowding of Langa, which was the only black residential area for Cape Town at the time. During the Apartheid era black South Africans were not permitted to live in the city of Cape Town, and many people were removed from areas such as District Six to Gugulethu, Nyanga and Langa. The predominant language in Gugulethu is Xhosa.
According to data collected by the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) over 700 people were murdered in Gugulethu between 2005 and 2010. "This amounts to one murder every two-and-a-half days for five consecutive years."
Notable Events 
The newest development in Gugulethu is the Guguletu Square Mall which was developed by Old Mutual, Tokyo Sexwale's Group 5 and local businessman Mzoli Ngcawuzele. The development has been controversial with claims of corruption, nepotism and significant protests against the mall's employment practices. On 29 October 2009, police shot rubber bullets into a crowd of people protesting about the mall.
Active organisations in Gugulethu 
See also 
- "Cape Town city Councillors by ward". City of Cape Town. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
- "Main Place Gugulethu". Census 2001.
- Guguletu Today
- "Over 700 murders in Gugulethu since 2005". Mail & Guardian. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
- Six arrested for public violence at Gugs Square protest, 30 October 2009
- David vs Goliath in Gugulethu, Nov 21 2008
- Police shoot residents in Sth Africa protest, 30 October 2009
- http://www.capeargus.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=5223672 Six arrested for jobs protests at Gugulethu Mall Crowd says gathering was peaceful, 29 Oct 2009