Kuils River

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Kuils River
Dutch Reformed Church, Kuilsrivier
Dutch Reformed Church, Kuilsrivier
Kuils River is located in Western Cape
Kuils River
Kuils River
 Kuils River shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 34°02′00″S 18°42′00″E / 34.03333°S 18.70000°E / -34.03333; 18.70000Coordinates: 34°02′00″S 18°42′00″E / 34.03333°S 18.70000°E / -34.03333; 18.70000
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
 • Total 39.86 km2 (15.39 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 46,686
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 11.4%
 • Coloured 53.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.9%
 • White 32.6%
 • Other 1.9%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 60.2%
 • English 33.2%
 • Xhosa 3.2%
 • Other 3.4%
Postal code (street) 7580
PO box 7579

Kuils River (Afrikaans: Kuilsrivier) is a town in the Western Cape province, South Africa 25 km east of Cape Town.

Originally named De Cuylen, Kuils River was a post of the Dutch East India Company. It developed into a village during the 18th century and attained municipal status in 1950. The town takes its name from the nearby river, in which there are many pools, or kuile.[2]

Kuils River is a level two administrative region, and is close to Cape Town's wine routes.[3] It is located near the intersection of the M12 and the R102.[4]

Kuils River is home to the Alta du Toit School for mentally handicapped children.[5] and is the birthplace of Herman Charles Bosman (3 February 1905); journalist, poet and author. He is regarded as one of South Africa's greatest writers (in English).[6]