Kraaifontein

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Kraaifontein
Kraaifontein Central Business District with its main road, Voortrekker Road
Kraaifontein Central Business District with its main road, Voortrekker Road
Kraaifontein is located in Western Cape
Kraaifontein
Kraaifontein
Kraaifontein is located in South Africa
Kraaifontein
Kraaifontein
Coordinates: 33°50′39″S 18°41′55″E / 33.84417°S 18.69861°E / -33.84417; 18.69861Coordinates: 33°50′39″S 18°41′55″E / 33.84417°S 18.69861°E / -33.84417; 18.69861
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
Established1869-Subdividing farms, 1876- Railway station, 1877-Town development
Area
 • Total30.82 km2 (11.90 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total154,615
 • Density5,000/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African43.3%
 • Coloured40.2%
 • Indian/Asian0.4%
 • White14.4%
 • Other1.7%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans45.4%
 • Xhosa33.4%
 • English14.0%
 • Sotho2.5%
 • Other4.7%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
7570
PO box
7569
Area code+27 (0)21

Kraaifontein is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Organisationally and administratively it is included in the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality as a Northern Suburb. The name originated from large number of crows (Kraai in Afrikaans) that nest in the region.[2]

Beginnings[edit]

In 1869 sub-division of farm land started in the area. A railway station was formed in 1876 called "Kraaifontein Junction", followed by formal town development in 1877. The first school was established on 20 January 1908. The Dutch Reformed Church was founded in 1948. In the same year Kraaifontein got its own local authority. In 1954 the "Volkskerk van Afrika (Translated- The nation's church of Africa)" was founded with BJE Appollis being the first preacher. On 16 September 1957, it became a municipality under the first mayor, JP Rossouw.[3][4][5]

Today[edit]

It is located in the Cape Town's northern suburbs and flanks the N1 towards Paarl and Worcester to the east. It comprises several residential areas, namely Windsor Park, Scottsville, Peerless Park, Eikendal, Scottsdene, Bloekombos, Wallacedene, Belmont Park, Bonny Brook, and Uitzicht. Libraries are funded and owned by the City of Cape Town Metropolitan municipality. These libraries are Kraaifontein Public Library, Scottsdene Public Library, and Eikendal Public Library. High Schools in the area are Monument Park, Eben Dönges, Bloekombos, Masibambane Secondary School, Simonsberg Primary School [6] Scottsdene High School, Scottsville High School and Bernadino Heights High School.

Geography[edit]

Kraaifontein, encompassing the areas of Bernardino Heights, Scottsdene, Scottsville, Wallacedene, Eikendal and Bloekombos, was once a separate municipality before the restructuring of all South African municipalities during the late 90s. These areas, however, are listed as separate suburbs by the City of Cape Town for planning and statistical purposes.[7] Forming part of the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, it is located in its Subcouncil 2 Area, Bergdal.[8]

Kraaifontein is located on the north-eastern outskirts of the Cape Metropole (Cape Town metropolitan area) and at the gateway to the Cape Winelands. It is also situated more or less halfway between Cape Town and Paarl, approximately 31 km north-east of Cape Town and 29 km south-west of Paarl along the N1 highway.[9][10]

The town is bordered by Durbanville in the north-west and Brackenfell in the west.

Suburban Areas[edit]

  • Belmont Park
  • Bernadino Heights
  • Bloekombos
  • Bonnie Brae
  • Bonnie Brook
  • Buh-Rein Estate
  • Eikendal
  • Joostenberg Vlakte
  • Klein Begin
  • Kraaifontein Agricultural Holdings
  • Kraaifontein East
  • Kraaifontein Industrial
  • Langeberg Glen
  • Langeberg Heights
  • Langeberg Ridge
  • Peerless Park East
  • Peerless Park North
  • Peerless Park West
  • Scottsdene
  • Scottsville
  • Summerville
  • Wallacedene
  • Windsor Park
  • Windsor Park Estate
  • Viking Village
  • Zoo Park

Coat of arms[edit]

The Kraaifontein municipal council assumed a coat of arms, registered it with the Cape Provincial Administration in June 1964,[11] had it granted by the provincial administrator in March 1967,[12] and registered it at the Bureau of Heraldry in September 1969.[13] The arms, designed by Schalk Pienaar, were: Argent, a chevron Gules between in chief two heraldic fountains and in base a bunch of grapes leaved proper (in layman's terms: a silver shield displaying, from top to bottom, two discs divided into wavy white and blue stripes, a red chevron, and a bunch of grapes). The crest was a parson-crow, and the motto Non auro sed virtute. Together the crow (kraai) and the fountains (fonteine) were a pun on the name of the town.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Kraaifontein". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Area information". Archived from the original on 2019-01-19. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Geskiedenis van die Nederduitste Gereformeerde Kerk Kraaifontein (Translated -History of the Dutch Reformed Church Kraaifontein)". Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Kraaifontein Geskiedenis (Translated- Kraaifontein history)". Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Kraaifontein treinstasie (Translated – Kraaifontein railway station)". Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Masibambane Secondary School – Just another WordPress site". Retrieved 2022-02-10.
  7. ^ Strategic Development, GIS. "City of Cape Town Suburb Index". City of Cape Town. Archived from the original on 2011-05-26. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  8. ^ GIS, Strategic Development. "Cape Town Subcouncil Profile". City of Cape Town. Archived from the original on 2012-08-06. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Kraaifontein to Cape Town". Kraaifontein to Cape Town. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  10. ^ "Kraaifontein to Paarl". Kraaifontein to Paarl. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  11. ^ Cape of Good Hope Official Gazette 3245 (26 June 1964).
  12. ^ Cape of Good Hope Official Gazette 3391 (3 March 1967).
  13. ^ http://www.national.archsrch.gov.za[permanent dead link]