Dutch Reformed Church, Kuilsrivier
|Municipality||City of Cape Town|
|• Total||39.86 km2 (15.39 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||11.4%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||SAST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code (street)||7580|
Kuils River (Afrikaans: Kuilsrivier) is a town in the Western Cape province,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.
Kuils River is home to the Alta du Toit School for mentally handicapped children. 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).
Coat of arms
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.
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.