Bishop Lavis

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Bishop Lavis
Bishop Lavis is located in Western Cape
Bishop Lavis
Bishop Lavis
Bishop Lavis is located in South Africa
Bishop Lavis
Bishop Lavis
Bishop Lavis is located in Africa
Bishop Lavis
Bishop Lavis
 Bishop Lavis shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°56′55″S 18°34′33″E / 33.94861°S 18.57583°E / -33.94861; 18.57583Coordinates: 33°56′55″S 18°34′33″E / 33.94861°S 18.57583°E / -33.94861; 18.57583
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
Established Developed by Communicare between 1951 - 1960
 • Total 2.58 km2 (1.00 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 26,482
 • Density 10,000/km2 (27,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 1.9%
 • Coloured 97.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 0.0%
 • Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 86.4%
 • English 12.0%
 • Other 1.5%
Postal code (street) 7490
Area code 021

Bishop Lavis is a suburb of Cape Town, located 15 kilometres (9 mi) east of the city centre near Cape Town International Airport. It had, as of 2001, a population of 44,419 people, of whom 97% described themselves as Coloured, and 90% spoke Afrikaans while 9% spoke English.[2] Bishop Lavis is one of many townships that was established in the Western Cape Province by the country's reining regime at the introduction of apartheid in South Africa. During this period non-white citizens were moved from their lands and homes across the region (because it was abruptly designated for "whites only"), into these townships. It was established on sandy barren lands and many of the new inhabitants of these townships felt as if they were banished to concentration camps since the whole environment and architecture resembled such a setting.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Bishop Lavis". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bishop Lavis". Census 2001. City of Cape Town. Retrieved 20 March 2012.