|• Total||86.15 km2 (33.26 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,700/km2 (4,300/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||67.8%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Postal code (street)||3610|
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.
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; 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.
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.
Schools in Pinetown include:
- Pinetown Boys' High School
- Pinetown Girls' High School
- Benjamin Pine Primary School (R-7)
- Sarnia Primary School
- Highway Christian Academy
- John Wesley School
- Pinetown Junior & Senior Primary School
- Browns School
- St Benedict School Pinetown
- Lyndhurst Primary School
- New Germany Primary School
- Ashley Primary School.
- St Francis College.
The only Afrikaans-medium school in the area is "Gelofte Skool", whose name translates as "promise school" in Afrikaans.
Pre-Schools in Pinetown include:
- Kokkewiet Pre Pimêre Skool - Afrikaans
- Stepping Stones Pre-Primary School - English
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.
Pinetown's medical facilities include:
- St Mary's, a government hospital in Mariannhill
- Life Crompton Hospital, a private hospital
- Medicross, a private medical centre
- Fizzeo Physiotherapy and Fitness Centre
Shack dweller's movement
The shack dwellers' movement Abahlali baseMjondolo is very strong in Pinetown, particularly in Motala Heights, Motala Farm, Mpola and New eMaus.
- "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)". pp. xlv–lii.
- "Main Place Pinetown". Census 2011.