Kuils River

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Dutch Reformed Church, Kuilsrivier
Dutch Reformed Church, Kuilsrivier
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%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Postal code (street) 7580
PO box 7579

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.[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 Kuilsrivier". 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).