Delft, Cape Town

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Street map of Delft
Street map of Delft
Delft is located in Western Cape
Street map of Delft
Delft is located in South Africa
Delft (South Africa)
Coordinates: 33°57′56″S 18°38′40″E / 33.96556°S 18.64444°E / -33.96556; 18.64444Coordinates: 33°57′56″S 18°38′40″E / 33.96556°S 18.64444°E / -33.96556; 18.64444
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
 • CouncillorFrank Martin (Ward 19) (DA)
Buyiswa Bala-Mjobo (Ward 20) (ANC)
 • Total11.08 km2 (4.28 sq mi)
 • Total152,030
 • Density14,000/km2 (36,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African46.2%
 • Coloured51.5%
 • Indian/Asian0.3%
 • White0.1%
 • Other1.8%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans47.0%
 • Xhosa37.8%
 • English9.4%
 • Other5.8%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code021

Delft is a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. It is situated next to the Cape Town International Airport, Belhar, Blue Downs & Site C, Khayelitsha. It is notorious for its high crime rate, substandard schools, lack of jobs, and numerous government built housing projects such as the N2 Gateway.[citation needed]


Delft was established in 1989.[citation needed] It is a rapidly expanding community found within District D: Tygerberg. This community was originally established as an integrated service land project for 'coloureds' and 'blacks'.[2]

Geography and demographics[edit]

Delft is situated approximately 34 km east of Cape Town, and approximately 7.5 km from Bellville. It was established to be one of Cape Town's first mixed race township including coloured and black residents. In 2000, it had a population between 25,000 and 92,000 inhabitants.[2]

According to the 2011 census,[3] Delft was 51% Coloured and 46% Black African with 3% "other". The dominant first languages are Afrikaans and Xhosa while English is widely used as second language. The majority of residents have not finished their matric. Official unemployment levels are at about 43% (although unofficially, this might be much higher).[4]

Much of Delft consists of government housing projects. The newest projects are the Symphony which is the main part of the N2 Gateway Pilot Project as well as Temporary Relocation Areas (TRAs) such as Tsunami and the Symphony Way TRA.[5][6]


Delft is a big township. It is divided into 7 places (divisions) namely Delft South (also known as Suburban), Voorbrug, Leiden (Delft Central), Eindhoven, Roosendal, The Hague and the new Symphony section. Delft South is predominantly populated by Xhosa-speaking people, Leiden (Delft Central) is a mixed community of both Xhosa-speaking and Afrikaans-speaking people. Voorbrug, The Hague, Roosendal and Eindhoven are predominantly populated by Afrikaans-speaking coloured people.

In the news[edit]

Delft recently became newsworthy because of the controversial N2 Gateway housing project. The shackdwellers of Joe Slovo Informal Settlement in Cape Town have publicly refused to be forcibly removed to Delft. Also, in December 2008, backyard dwellers occupied over 1,000 N2 Gateway houses in the new Symphony section of Delft. DA Councillor Frank Martin who was accused of inciting thousands of poor people to occupy these houses.[7][8] Eventually, the families who occupied the houses were violently evicted by police who used rubber bullets to put down the protest.[9] News of the violent repression reached international news with some people saying that it has severely hurt South Africa's reputation.[10] Evicted residents are now living in makeshift shacks on Symphony Way which has widely become known as "Blikkiesdorp" across from the houses. This was believed to have been temporary housing for the evicted dwellers; however, they are still occupying "Blikkiesdorp" for the past five years.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Delft". Census 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Community Situation Analysis". DG Groups.
  3. ^ Delft Census 2011
  4. ^ "City of Cape Town - Census 2001 - Delft". City of Cape Town. Archived from the original on 2009-11-13.
  5. ^ "Delft squatters 'still unhappy'". 24 News. 2008-02-22. Archived from the original on 2008-05-15.
  6. ^ "Police illegally destroy homes on Symphony Way". 2008-10-04.
  7. ^ "Western Cape Evictions trial on hold". Labournet. 2008-01-08.
  8. ^ "DA councillor in court over Delft housing incident". Mail & Guardian. 2008-12-21.
  9. ^ "Delft residents refuse, resist eviction". Star. 2008-02-19.
  10. ^ "Everyone needs a stake in our society". The Mercury. 2008-03-05.
  11. ^ "Press Update: Delft community and Anti-Eviction Campaign sleep on Symphony Rd, vow permanent sit in". Anti-Eviction Campaign. 2008-02-20.