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Green Point, Cape Town

Coordinates: 33°54′S 18°24′E / 33.900°S 18.400°E / -33.900; 18.400
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Green Point
Suburb of Cape Town
An aerial view of Green Point from Signal Hill
An aerial view of Green Point from Signal Hill
Street map of Green Point
Street map of Green Point
Green Point is located in Western Cape
Green Point
Green Point
Green Point is located in South Africa
Green Point
Green Point
Coordinates: 33°54′S 18°24′E / 33.900°S 18.400°E / -33.900; 18.400
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
Main PlaceCape Town
 • Total2.01 km2 (0.78 sq mi)
 • Total5,362
 • Density2,700/km2 (6,900/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African23.3%
 • Coloured10.9%
 • Indian/Asian2.2%
 • White60.9%
 • Other2.8%
First languages (2011)
 • English67.6%
 • Afrikaans15.2%
 • Xhosa3.2%
 • Zulu1.2%
 • Other12.8%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code021

Green Point (Afrikaans: Groenpunt) is an affluent suburb on the Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Town, South Africa located to the north west of the central business district. It is home to Cape Town Stadium, a major sporting venue that was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Sea Point promenade runs through the suburb, connecting it to Three Anchor Bay and Sea Point, a popular Jewish neighbourhood. Somerset Road forms the main thoroughfare lined by restaurants, cafés, delis, boutiques and nightclubs.



The area was originally a flat coastal plain to the fore of Signal Hill and included several dunes. Earlier maps also describe the area as the site of a “hottentot village”. The inhabitants are believed to have been descendants of the Khoisan and they would have farmed on Green Point Common before the arrival of European settlers. The Common became a grazing area for the Dutch East India Company and the area was then known as “Waterplaats” (waterfront) by Dutch settlers. The Dutch made an unsuccessful attempt to construct a mole into Table Bay to protect the anchorage. This was funded through tax levies and the work was completed by slaves, convicts and employees of the Dutch East India Company. However, the mole was battered and destroyed by Atlantic Sea storms.[2]

In response to the arrival of a British fleet in Simonstown, the Dutch built an artillery battery on a hill in the suburb. Following the British conquest of the Cape Colony in 1795, the city expanded towards Green Point owing to the development of the harbour and increases in both commerce and population.[2] Horse racing flourished under the British, becoming a popular past time on the Common, with the African Turf Club established in 1797.[2] In 1859, Cape Governor, Sir George Grey lay the foundation stone for Somerset Hospital, which opened in the area in 1864. It is now a provincial heritage site.[3] In 1889, a railway line ran through Green Point that connected Cape Town and Sea Point. The privately-owned railway came under the control of Cape Government Railways in 1905. The line was eventually closed and the tracks were raised in 1929.[2]

During the Second Boer War, the Common was home to temporary bungalows that housed British and colonial troops. The area of the Common used for horse racing was filled with tents to house Boer prisoners of war that were to be deported to Saint Helena, Bermuda and Ceylon.[2] During apartheid, Green Point was designated as a “whites-only” area as part of the Group Areas Act.[4] Steve Bloom, a photographer known for his portraits of apartheid, lived locally in the 1970s and captured life under apartheid in the suburb.[5] However, pockets of non-white residents lived in the suburb during this period. In the 1980s it was known as a “grey area”, a term used for racially-mixed residential neighbourhoods during apartheid.[6]

Cape Town Stadium opened in 2010 in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it largely replaced the previous Green Point Stadium.[7] Green Point Common, also known as Green Point Urban Park & Biodiversity Garden is today a focal attraction in the area and has an indigenous garden with local vegetation species.[8] Since 2017, Helen Bowden Nurses' Home in Green Point has been a flashpoint for the Reclaim The City movement and debates over affordable housing in the area.[9]



The suburb is served by the MyCiTi bus rapid transit system. The 108 and 109 lines take passengers to Hout Bay, Sea Point, V&A Waterfront and Adderley Street in downtown Cape Town. [10]

Houses of worship



  • Reddam House, an independent school serving pupils age 1 through to Grade 12 on Cavalcade Road

Green Point families are also served by nearby schools in Sea Point and Three Anchor Bay;

  • Herzlia Weizmann Primary, an independent Jewish primary school in Sea Point
  • Cape Town French School, a French international school, with a primary school campus in Sea Point
  • Ellerton Primary School, a public primary school in Three Anchor Bay
  • Sea Point High School, a co-educational public high school in Sea Point

See also



  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Green Point". Census 2011.
  3. ^ "New Somerset Hospital". University of Cape Town. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  4. ^ Timeline of the Group Areas Act and Selected Related Pieces Legislation South African History Online. Accessed on 13 September 2023
  5. ^ ‘Pictures like this meant I couldn’t return to South Africa until apartheid was abolished’: Steve Bloom’s best shot The Guardian. 16 February 2023
  6. ^ A backstreet that’s shedding its skin Vrye Weekblad. 8 September 2023
  7. ^ Perfect pitch: Cape Town's Green Point stadium The Guardian. 31 May 2020
  8. ^ The alternative city guide to Cape Town, South Africa The Guardian. 18 February 2016
  9. ^ 'End spatial apartheid': why housing activists are occupying Cape Town The Guardian. 25 May 2017
  10. ^ MyCiTi System Map Accessed on 12.9.2023
  11. ^ Mandela Visits Cape Town Shul and Reassures Jews on Their Future Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 10 May 1994