Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal

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Hillcrest is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Hillcrest is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 29°46′48″S 30°45′46″E / 29.78000°S 30.76278°E / -29.78000; 30.76278Coordinates: 29°46′48″S 30°45′46″E / 29.78000°S 30.76278°E / -29.78000; 30.76278
CountrySouth Africa
Established22 January 1895
 • Ward CouncillorRick Crouch[1][2][3] (Democratic Alliance)
 • Total21.44 km2 (8.28 sq mi)
 • Total13,329
 • Density620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African11.4%
 • Coloured0.8%
 • Indian/Asian3.0%
 • White84.3%
 • Other0.6%
First languages (2011)
 • English82.7%
 • Afrikaans7.6%
 • Zulu6.9%
 • Other2.9%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code031

Hillcrest is a town in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Organisationally and administratively it is included in the Ethekwini Metropolitan Municipality as a suburb of the Outer West region.


Hillcrest was formerly a sleepy village, governed by its own Town Board[5] on the outskirts of Durban that has now become a booming suburb incorporated into the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. Hill Crest (as the town's name was variously spelt until 1969) was founded on a rise in the main road from Durban to Pietermaritzburg in 1895 as a farming or "weekend" village, then a good distance from what was the emerging port of Port Natal. The village was laid out as leasehold sites on a portion of the farm Albinia owned by William Gillitt, one of the main pioneer families of the area and after which the nearby suburb of Gillitts is named.

One of the other early families to set up in the area was the Acutts who had already established the well known in Durban estate agents firm of that name. In 1903 the first school in the village was established in a wood and iron cottage in Hospital Road leased to a Mrs McMillian, the principal of the first Highbury School, by Horace Acutt.

When the first Hillcrest Health Committee was established in 1943, the total all-race population was 1135 persons and only the Main Road was hardened. Nkutu Road was hardened with klinker in 1947 and this was followed in 1951 with the hardening of the first portion of Inanda Road. In 1962 blacktopping of selected roads in the central area began, followed by further roads in 1965. By 1971, when Town Board status was obtained, the total population had grown to 2799 persons.

The Hillcrest Waste Water Treatment Plant was finally established in the 1990s, then serving only the central commercial area of the village with phased extensions planned in time, with other areas continuing on septic tanks.

The town celebrated its centenary in 1995 and has since then seen an incredible increase in inhabitants migrating from more central areas in Durban

Hillcrest Today[edit]

Hillcrest formerly known as crestESKE lost its independent Town Board status in 1996 and was made subject to administration by the Outer West Local Council - a substructure council of the then Durban Unicity. In 2000, the Outer West Local Council, along with other local councils, was disestablished and were replaced by the single eThekwini Municipality encompassing the entire Durban metropolitan area.

The suburb of Hillcrest experienced a building boom in the late 1990s and 2000s with the construction of many gated communities and shopping centres.[6]

View of Inanda Road in Hillcrest

Visit the local community website for updates on community events, causes, local businesses and more interesting information about the area (www.seeupperhighway.com)


A public school system is provided in Hillcrest including Hillcrest High School and Hillcrest Primary School,[7][8] with Winston Park Primary School in nearby Winston Park.

Private schools include Highbury Preparatory School, Curro: HCA and Waterfall Schools with Kearsney College and the Roseway Waldorf School in nearby Botha's Hill and Alverstone respectively.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ "Councillor ready to tackle problems hands-on". Retrieved 2011-07-09.[dead link]
  2. ^ Independent Electoral Commission - 2011 Election Results
  3. ^ Ward 10 - Official Ward 10 Councillor Web Site
  4. ^ a b c d "Main Place Hillcrest". Census 2011.
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Mullany, David (2007). "Hillcrest of a wave". The Property Magazine. Archived from the original on 2009-05-22.
  7. ^ "Hillcrest Primary School Website". HCPS. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  8. ^ "KZN primary school gets top marks for technology adoption". www.itweb.co.za. IT Web. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Heather Hamilton: Who's Who SA". Who's Who SA. Archived from the original on 2014-11-05. Retrieved 2014-11-05.
  10. ^ Tongaat Hulletts history


  • Lest We Forget - The Story of Hillcrest 1895 - 1995, Elizabeth Camp, c. 1996
  • Hillcrest Gillitts Activity Corridor Local Development Plan - Outer West Local Council, 2000
  • The Highway Mail, 1 June 2011.
  • The Hilltop, 2 June 2011.
  • Independent Electoral Commission (South Africa), 9 June 2011.