Kenilworth, Cape Town

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Top left: A view down the section of Main Road that runs through Kenilworth. Top right: Saint James Church. Centre left & right: Images from the J&B Met. Bottom: Kenilworth Station
Top left: A view down the section of Main Road that runs through Kenilworth. Top right: Saint James Church. Centre left & right: Images from the J&B Met. Bottom: Kenilworth Station
Street map of Kenilworth
Street map of Kenilworth
Kenilworth is located in Western Cape
 Kenilworth shown within Western Cape
Location within Cape Town
Kenilworth is located in Cape Town
Kenilworth is located in South Africa
Kenilworth (South Africa)
Kenilworth is located in Africa
Kenilworth (Africa)
Coordinates: 33°59′45″S 18°28′30″E / 33.99583°S 18.47500°E / -33.99583; 18.47500Coordinates: 33°59′45″S 18°28′30″E / 33.99583°S 18.47500°E / -33.99583; 18.47500
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
Main PlaceCape Town
 • CouncillorMatthew Kempthorne (Ward 58) (DA)
Ian Iversen (Ward 59) (DA)
 • Total3.46 km2 (1.34 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total10,872
 • Density3,100/km2 (8,100/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African21.4%
 • Coloured16.3%
 • Indian/Asian4.9%
 • White54.0%
 • Other3.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English78.8%
 • Afrikaans7.8%
 • Xhosa4.3%
 • Other9.1%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)7708[2]
PO box7745

Kenilworth is a suburb in Cape Town, South Africa.


Kenilworth is bordered by Wynberg to the south and Claremont to the north. Kenilworth railway station is on the main line from Cape Town to Simon's Town. Main Road (which runs from Central Cape Town through to Simon's Town) runs through Kenilworth, and the suburb can also be accessed from the M5 freeway.

Saint James Church massacre[edit]

On 25 July 1993 four members of Azanian People's Liberation Army (APLA) attacked Saint James Church in Kenilworth; 11 members of the congregation were killed and 58 wounded. The attack took place at a turbulent time in South African history, during the country's transition from apartheid to its first truly democratic elections in 1994.


As of the census[3] of 2001, there were 4,850 households and 10,304 people residing in the suburb. The racial makeup of the suburb was 12.50% Black African, 16.14% Coloured, 3.73% Indian/Asian, 67.63% White and 0% from other races.

In the suburb the population was spread out with 18% under the age of 18, 35.95% from 18 to 34, 24.13% from 35 to 54, 8.65% from 55 to 64, and 12.95% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 77.44 males.

81.22% of the population speak English, 7.20% speak Afrikaans, 6.49% speak Xhosa, 2.53% speak another African language and 2.55% some other language as a first language.[3]

Kenilworth Racecourse[edit]

An attraction which draws visitors to Kenilworth is the Kenilworth Racecourse. The oldest race course in the country, it is home to the Sun Met (previously the J&B Met until 2016) held in late January each year, which draws more than 50,000 spectators. The race has been won by horses who have gone on to international success, including Horse Chestnut and Wolf Power.[4] [5]The Queens Plate, a similar event but smaller and more exclusive than the Sun Met, is held every year around two to three weeks before the Met. Numerous other Grade 1 horse races are held at Kenilworth throughout the year.


The Kenilworth Racecourse is a large part of the economy of the suburb. Not only drawing in large crowds during the Sun Met and smaller crowds during the more common races but it is also the site of a commercial park that hosts numerous businesses including the headquarters of Pick 'n Pay Stores Limited. Access Park, a large factory outlet shopping complex, is also located in the suburb.



  • Beau Soleil Music Centre
  • Cedar House
  • Greenfield Girls Primary
  • Michael Oak Waldorf School
  • Voortrekker High School
  • Auburn House Montessori School


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Kenilworth". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Cape Postal Codes of South Africa". Post. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Kenilworth". Census 2001. City of Cape Town. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  4. ^ "The J&B Met". Archived from the original on 8 September 2011.
  5. ^ "It Is No Longer The J&B Met". Sporting Post. 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2017-10-30.

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