Goodwood, Western Cape

Coordinates: 33°54′40.72″S 18°33′02.13″E / 33.9113111°S 18.5505917°E / -33.9113111; 18.5505917
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Goodwood is located in Western Cape
Goodwood is located in South Africa
Goodwood is located in Africa
Coordinates: 33°54′40.72″S 18°33′02.13″E / 33.9113111°S 18.5505917°E / -33.9113111; 18.5505917
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
 • Total17.94 km2 (6.93 sq mi)
 • Total50,285
 • Density2,800/km2 (7,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African17.9%
 • Coloured37.9%
 • Indian/Asian3.4%
 • White37.9%
 • Other2.9%
First languages (2011)
 • English50.9%
 • Afrikaans35.0%
 • Xhosa4.9%
 • Other9.2%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code021

Goodwood is a suburb of Cape Town in the Western Cape, South Africa and is situated in the Tygerberg region of the City of Cape Town. It is 10 kilometres from Cape Town and accessible from the N1, N7 and N2 highways.[2]

The town was established in 1905[3] and named after Goodwood Racecourse in England as the founders intended to make it a racing centre. A course was actually constructed, but after only one meeting it was abandoned.[4]

The first railway station was built in 1905, and today there are five within the municipal area. Three of them lie on the Cape Town-Johannesburg main line:[4] Goodwood, Vasco and Elsies River. It also has Monte Vista and Acasia Park stations which are on the secondary line between Cape Town and Bellville.


  • [1] Koos Sadie Primary School, a dual medium coeducational primary school.
  • Goodwood Park, a dual-medium coeducational primary school
  • [2] De Vrijzee Primary School, a dual medium coeducational primary school.
  • JG Meiring High School, an English-medium coeducational high school, this school is now built on the spot where the racecourse was built
  • Fairbairn College, an English-medium coeducational high school
  • Hoërskool President, a dual-medium coeducational high school

Coat of arms[edit]

Goodwood was a municipality in its own right from 1938 to 1996. In 1939, the council adopted a pseudo-heraldic "coat of arms" depicting an aeroplane, an ox-wagon, and a horse jumping over a fence.[5] It replaced this device with a proper coat of arms, designed by Ivan Mitford-Barberton, in 1958. The council registered the arms with the Cape Provincial Administration in May 1959[6] and at the Bureau of Heraldry in August 1993.[7]

The arms were : Argent, on a fess Gules, between in chief four trees with six leaves each and in base three pallets, Sable, the central pallet surmounted by a cogwheel counterchanged, a leopard passant, Argent and Sable. In layman's terms : a silver shield displaying, from top to bottom, a row of four black trees with six leaves each, a red horizontal stripe displaying a leopard, and three black vertical stripes with a cogwheel on the centre stripe.

The crest was a palamino unicorn issuing from a golden mural crown and holding a red disc between its forelegs, and the motto was Procedo.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Goodwood". Census 2011.
  2. ^ Essential Travel Info
  3. ^ "Goodwood". South African History Online. 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  4. ^ a b "Goodwood". Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa. Vol. 5. Nasou Limited. 1971. p. 269. ISBN 978-0-625-00324-2.
  5. ^ Rosenthal, E. (1980) Goodwood and its Story.
  6. ^ Cape of Good Hope Official Gazette 2969 (1 May 1959).
  7. ^ National Archives of South Africa : Data of the Bureau of Heraldry

Further reading[edit]

  • Rosenthal, Eric (1980). Goodwood and its story. Cape Town: National Book Printers. p. 126.

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