Pinetown

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This article is about the city in South Africa. For the unincorporated place in Delaware, see Pinetown, Delaware. For the community in North Carolina, see Pinetown, North Carolina.
Pinetown
Pinetown is located in South Africa
Pinetown
Pinetown
 Pinetown shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 29°49′S 30°51′E / 29.817°S 30.850°E / -29.817; 30.850Coordinates: 29°49′S 30°51′E / 29.817°S 30.850°E / -29.817; 30.850
Country South Africa
Province KwaZulu-Natal
Municipality eThekwini
Established 1849[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 86.15 km2 (33.26 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 144,026
 • Density 1,700/km2 (4,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 67.8%
 • Coloured 4.3%
 • Indian/Asian 9.3%
 • White 18.0%
 • Other 0.6%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Zulu 55.4%
 • English 31.4%
 • Afrikaans 3.8%
 • Xhosa 3.3%
 • Other 6.2%
Postal code (street) 3610
PO box 3600
Area code 031

Pinetown is a small city just inland from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Pinetown is situated 16 km west of Durban at an elevation of 1,000 to 1,300 feet (305 to 395 m).

History[edit]

Pinetown was named after the governor of Natal, Sir Benjamin Pine. The town was established in 1850 around the Wayside Hotel, itself built in 1849 along the main wagon route between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

During the Second Boer War, the British built a concentration camp in Pinetown to house Boer women and children.

Municipality boundaries[edit]

No longer a separate municipality, Pinetown is now part of the larger eThekwini Municipality and, for voting purposes, falls within the IEC electoral Ward 18.

The area from Cowies Hill in the east, along Old Main Road/M1 to Westmead industrial area in the west, is commonly referred to as the Pinetown area[according to whom?]; however, Pinetown extends strictly from Caversham Glen to Manors. The foundations and structures of the original town can be found at the corner of Old Main/Stapleton roads.

Infrastructure[edit]

Cricket club[edit]

Pinetown Cricket Club, established in 1873, is believed to be the oldest cricket club in KwaZulu-Natal and amongst the oldest in South Africa. The club, originally located at the Civic Centre in central Pinetown, has subsequently moved to Lahee Park. Under the chairmanship of former Pinetown mayor Vernon Hall, Lahee Park hosted ten first class games between 1974 and 1979. Former internationals Norman Crookes (twice selected for the Springbok squad) and Tertius Bosch have previously represented the club. Khaya Zondo and Cameron Delport from the 2010 Dolphins team have a close association with the club, as do KZN "B" cricketers Bruce Kruger and Kyle Buckthorp. Comrades Marathon Pinetown is situated on the world famous Comrades Marathon route which runs along the Old Main Road from Westville, over Cowies Hill past the Civic Centre and on to Fields Hill, and vice versa. This event always attracts hundreds of spectators who line the route every year to catch a glimse of their friends and loved ones in the marathon.

Schools[edit]

Schools in Pinetown include:

The only Afrikaans-medium school in the area is "Gelofte Skool", whose name translates as "promise school" in Afrikaans.

Pre-Schools[edit]

Pre-Schools in Pinetown include:

Local businesses[edit]

Pinetown has a reputation as a "motor town", due to the high number of motor dealerships along Old Main Road. The city has several shopping centres, including Pine Crest and Pine Walk on Kings road, Knowles Spar superstore and St John's Checkers centre. A number of Do It Yourself (DIY) shops are located along Old Main road.

Medical facilities[edit]

Pinetown's medical facilities include:

  • St Mary's, a government hospital in Mariannhill
  • Life Crompton Hospital, a private hospital[3]
  • Medicross, a private medical centre[4]
  • Fizzeo Physiotherapy and Fitness Centre[5]

Shack dweller's movement[edit]

The shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo is very strong in Pinetown, particularly in Motala Heights, Motala Farm, Mpola and New eMaus.

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