Elsie's River

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Elsie's River
Elsie's River is located in Western Cape
Elsie's River
Elsie's River
Elsie's River is located in South Africa
Elsie's River
Elsie's River
Elsie's River is located in Africa
Elsie's River
Elsie's River
 Elsie's River shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°55′5″S 18°34′36″E / 33.91806°S 18.57667°E / -33.91806; 18.57667Coordinates: 33°55′5″S 18°34′36″E / 33.91806°S 18.57667°E / -33.91806; 18.57667
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Metro Pole North
Municipality City of Cape Town
 • Total 5.52 km2 (2.13 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 42,479
 • Density 7,700/km2 (20,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 6.8%
 • Coloured 91.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 0.3%
 • Other 1.0%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 77.4%
 • English 19.2%
 • Other 3.3%
Postal code (street) 7490
PO box 7480

Elsie's River (Elsiesrivier in Afrikaans) is a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa.

In 1980 the suburb, at the time restricted to coloured people, became the scene of bloodshed after a demonstration in support of the school boycott[2] became violent.

Two 15-year-olds were shot dead by police.[3]

Today Elsie's River has many public places such as libraries, supermarkets, and a civic hall.


Elsies's River was named after Elsje Von Suurwaarde after she saved civilians from drowning in the Elsie's Canal because in the past the Elsie's Canal had raging waters.


In Elsie's River there are eight schools, Elsie's River High School,The Range High School,The Range Primary School,Matroosfontein Primary School,Elsbury Primary School and J.S. Klopper Primary School Matroosfontein's Badge, Eldene Primary School.