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Brackenfell is located in Western Cape
Brackenfell is located in South Africa
Brackenfell is located in Africa
 Brackenfell shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°52′00″S 18°41′00″E / 33.86667°S 18.68333°E / -33.86667; 18.68333Coordinates: 33°52′00″S 18°41′00″E / 33.86667°S 18.68333°E / -33.86667; 18.68333
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
Established 1913
 • Total 25.27 km2 (9.76 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 44,842
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 9.8%
 • Coloured 9.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 79.0%
 • Other 1.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 71.1%
 • English 20.8%
 • Xhosa 3.4%
 • Other 4.7%
Postal code (street) 7560, 7561
PO box 7561
Area code 021

Brackenfell is a northern suburb of Cape Town situated within the Western Cape province of South Africa at the gateway to the winelands. The local government services are provided by the City of Cape Town Municipality. In Brackenfell a variety of property situated on the foothills of Cape Town can be found.

The Bracken Nature Reserve, situated in the Ruwari suburban area, was once a quarry site and was later declared a nature reserve after some negotiations between the Cape Town City Council and the Stellenbosch Divisional Council.

Brackenfell offers schools, shopping malls and medical services, and many different sporting facilities. Brackenfell has several major access roads including the N1, R300, Old Paarl Road and Bottelary Road.

The suburb is bordered by Kraaifontein in the northeast, Kuilsrivier in the southwest and Durbanville in the northwest.


The suburb of Brackenfell was established in 1913 (the name "Bracken" refers to an indigenous fern). Brackenfell used to be a major road crossing during the earlier days of Cape Town, but today it is a well-known suburb located behind the 'boerewors curtain', which is a local colloquial term meaning an invisible curtain that basically divides the city's English and Afrikaans speaking people.


  • Bastion Primary School
  • Brackenfell High School
  • Brackenfell Primary School
  • Brooklands Primary School
  • Curro (private primary school)
  • Curro Castle (private nursery / pre-primary school)
  • Destinatus Private School
  • Northpine Primary School
  • Northpine Technical High School
  • Paarl School
  • Protea Heights Academy (high school)

Suburban areas[edit]

  • Arauna (residential)
  • Bracken Heights (residential)
  • Brackenfell Industria (industrial)
  • Brackenfell North (residential)
  • Burgundy (residential)
  • Cape Gate (residential)
  • De Oude Spruit (residential)
  • De Tuin (residential)
  • Edenpark (residential)
  • Everite (industrial)
  • Ferndale (residential)
  • Morgenster (residential)
  • Morgenster Hoogtes (residential)
  • Normande (residential)
  • Northpine (residential)
  • Protea Heights (residential)
  • Protea Village (residential)
  • Ruwari (residential)
  • Sonkring (residential)
  • Springbokpark (residential)
  • Vredekloof (residential)
  • Vredekloof Heights (residential)
  • Vredekloof Rand (residential)
  • Welgeleë (residential)

Coat of arms[edit]

Brackenfell was a municipality from 1970 to 1996. In November 1971, the council registered a coat of arms at the Bureau of Heraldry.[2]

The arms, designed by Cornelis Pama, were Per chevron embowed Or and Vert, three shot balls counterchanged, i.e. a shield divided by a curved chevron-shaped line into gold and green, with two green balls at the top and a golden ball at the bottom. The crest was three ferns with the motto Tenax in fide.


  • Currently, Brackenfell (together with Kuilsriver) uses the prefix "CFR-" in their registered motor vehicles (since approximately 2000 the prefix "CF-" which had formerly been allocated to Grahamstown has also been allocated to these suburbs).
  • Protea Hill, Brackenfell's heighest point in Ruwari, was used as a signal point with its signal cannons in the 1700s. Cannons can be seen at Brackenfell High School and Bastion Primary School.

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