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 is located in South Africa
Kuils River
Kuils River
Kuils River is located in Africa
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 BOSS, 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]

Coat of arms[edit]

Kuils River was a municipality from 1950 to 1996. The town council assumed a coat of arms, designed by Ivan Mitford-Barberton, in 1955 and registered it with the Cape Provincial Administration in January 1956.[7]

The shield was divided into three horizontal sections: (1) a running buck on a silver background, (2) a golden yoke on a red background, and (3) four silver and blue stripes with wavy edges. The crest was a bull's head, and the motto Via trita via tuta.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Kuils River". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 265. 
  3. ^ Kuils River website
  4. ^ Kuils River Satellite Map
  5. ^ altadutoit.com
  6. ^ Herman Charles Bosman biography
  7. ^ Cape of Good Hope Official Gazette 2793 (13 January 1956).