Ocean View, Cape Town

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Ocean View
Ocean View is located in Western Cape
Ocean View
Ocean View
 Ocean View shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 34°9′12″S 18°21′19″E / 34.15333°S 18.35528°E / -34.15333; 18.35528Coordinates: 34°9′12″S 18°21′19″E / 34.15333°S 18.35528°E / -34.15333; 18.35528
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
Main Place Kommetjie
 • Total 1.75 km2 (0.68 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 13,569
 • Density 7,800/km2 (20,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 6.8%
 • Coloured 91.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.6%
 • White 0.3%
 • Other 0.9%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 57.2%
 • English 39.1%
 • Other 3.7%
Postal code (street) 4052

Ocean View, Cape Town, was established in 1968 as a township for coloured people who had been forcibly removed from so called "white areas" such as Simon's Town, Noordhoek, Red Hill, Glencairn etc. by the former apartheid government under the Group Areas Act. It was first called Slangkop and the first resident moved in 1 August 1968. It was ironically named Ocean View, with residents being removed from their previous sea-side homes and views. As a result, its history is embedded in apartheid, and there is still much bitter resentment among many people.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Peter Clarke - acclaimed visual artist lived in Ocean View for most of his life.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Ocean View". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Award-Winning Artist Dies". People's Post. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.