|District||Metro Pole North|
|Municipality||City of Cape Town|
|• Total||5.52 km2 (2.13 sq mi)|
|• Density||7,700/km2 (20,000/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||6.8%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Postal code (street)||7490|
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 became violent. Two 15-year-olds were shot dead by police.
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 in the Elsie's Canal because in the past the Elsie's Canal had raging waters.
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