Pinelands, Cape Town

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Street map of Pinelands
Street map of Pinelands
Pinelands is located in Western Cape
Street map of Pinelands
Pinelands is located in South Africa
Pinelands (South Africa)
Coordinates: 33°55′54″S 18°30′46″E / 33.93167°S 18.51278°E / -33.93167; 18.51278Coordinates: 33°55′54″S 18°30′46″E / 33.93167°S 18.51278°E / -33.93167; 18.51278
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
 • CouncillorBrian Watkyns (DA)
 • Total5.86 km2 (2.26 sq mi)
 • Total14,198
 • Density2,400/km2 (6,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African13.5%
 • Coloured15.1%
 • Indian/Asian5.1%
 • White62.3%
 • Other4.0%
First languages (2011)
 • English81.5%
 • Afrikaans8.4%
 • Xhosa3.5%
 • Other6.5%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code(021) 531/2

The "garden city" suburb of Pinelands is an affluent suburb located on the edge of the southern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa, neighbouring the suburb of Thornton, and is known for its large thatched houses. The suburb is primarily residential and is often praised for its peacefulness and abundance of trees. Pinelands is one of the few areas in Cape Town in which sale of alcohol to the public is prohibited, but some clubs have private liquor licenses. It is a popular place for senior citizens to retire to. While there are several retirement homes in the suburb, younger people are increasingly moving in.

The main road is called Forest Drive and the suburb contains two small shopping centres, namely Howard Centre (named after Ebenezer Howard who led the garden city movement) and Central Square. Dutch Reformed, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist and Catholic (Society of St. Pius X) churches are located near to Central Square, while Baptist, Church of England in South Africa and mainstream Catholic churches are located elsewhere in the suburb. Pinelands is served by two Metrorail railway stations: Pinelands station on the western edge of the suburb and Mutual station on the northern edge. The suburb is bisected from the north east to the south west by the Elsieskraal River, which has flowed through a large concrete drainage canal since the 1970s. Elsieskraal River also flows through the neighbouring suburb of Thornton, which is a similar residential suburb with an abundance of trees.

The postcodes for Pinelands are 7405 for street addresses and 7430 or 7450 for post office boxes. The telephone exchange codes for Pinelands are predominantly 531 and 532 (within the 021 dialling code for Cape Town).


Old postbox in The Mead.

The layout of Pinelands is based on the revolutionary town planning ideas of Sir Ebenezer Howard, and was the first attempt at a town-planned area in South Africa. Over 6,000 Cape Town citizens had succumbed to the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic and in order to combat the overcrowding which had been a major contributing factor in the spread of disease, Pinelands became the first Garden City to be developed in South Africa. It was originally a Victorian era farm named Uitvlugt that had thousands of pine trees planted in it, and was later deemed an economic failure by the Department of Forestry. The land was then granted to "The Garden Cities Trust" and the founding Deed of Trust was signed in 1919. One of the first members of the trust, Richard Stuttaford (head of the department store Stuttafords), made a £10,000 gift donation to serve as capital, and a loan of £15,000 from the government was invested in Pinelands. The trust brought in an overseas expert, Albert John Thompson, in 1920 to design the area.

The first (thatched) house in Pinelands to be occupied was 3 Mead Way and was built in February 1922. The house and entire street, including The Mead were declared a national monument in 1983. The original township area is currently a proposed heritage area. Pinelands converted to a municipality in 1948 and in 1996 merged into the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. The old Pinelands Town Council offices now accommodate the Pinelands Subcouncil.


According to the 2001 Census, the population of Pinelands was 10,618. The following tables show various demographic data about Pinelands from that census.[2]

Gender Population %
Female 5 848 55.08%
Male 4 770 44.92%
Ethnic Group
Group Population %
Black African 659 6.21%
Coloured 827 7.79%
Indian/Asian 264 2.49%
White 8 868 83.52%
Home Language
Language Population %
English 9 305 87.63%
Afrikaans 669 6.30%
Xhosa 346 3.26%
Other African languages 156 1.47%
Other languages 142 1.34%
Range Population %
0–5 567 5.34%
6–12 923 8.69%
13–17 849 8.00%
18–34 2 196 20.68%
35–54 2 993 28.19%
55–64 1 019 9.60%
65+ 2 071 19.50%


Pinelands is part of ward 53 of the City of Cape Town.[3] The ward also includes Thornton, Maitland Garden Village, Epping Industrial 1, Ndabeni and parts of Langa, Mowbray and Observatory; the current ward councillor is Brian Watkyns of the Democratic Alliance.[4] He has represented the area for 35 years and is also the Chairperson of the Pinelands Subcouncil. Of the six voting districts in this ward, three of them cover Pinelands: the voting stations are at the Pinelands Town Hall, Pinelands High School, and Pinehurst Primary School. Generally, the majority of voters (over 90%) in the Pinelands area of the Ward, vote for the Democratic Alliance.

The following tables show the sum of the votes cast in the three Pinelands voting districts at the most recent national, provincial and local elections.

National election (2009)
Party Votes %
Democratic Alliance 5616 79.3%
Congress of the People 665 9.4%
African National Congress 397 5.6%
African Christian Democratic Party 193 2.7%
Independent Democrats 112 1.6%
Other parties 100 1.4%
Total 7083 100%
Provincial election (2009)
Party Votes %
Democratic Alliance 5919 85.4%
African National Congress 342 4.9%
Congress of the People 335 4.8%
African Christian Democratic Party 128 1.8%
Independent Democrats 116 1.7%
Other parties 90 1.3%
Total 6930 100%
Local election (2006)

Proportional Representation vote

Party Votes %
Democratic Alliance 4030 81.4%
African National Congress 363 7.3%
Independent Democrats 285 5.8%
African Christian Democratic Party 213 4.3%
Other parties 57 1.2%
Total 4948 100%
Local Election (2006)

Ward vote

Candidate Votes %
Brian Watkyns (DA) 4200 85.1%
Thobeka Mphahlele (ANC) 317 6.4%
Jacob Prins (ID) 197 4.0%
Megum Reyneke (ACDP) 187 3.8%
Other candidates 37 0.7%
Total 4938 100%

Road names[edit]

Many of the road names in Pinelands have originated from local history or from places in England. One such road is named Uitvlugt (original Dutch) after the historical farm of the same name that covered what is now Pinelands. There are also roads named Letchworth and Welwyn after the first two garden cities in England. Other roads in Pinelands are named after places in the Lake District in England, the Royal Family as well as the names of birds, trees and flowers. Curiously, despite the attitude displayed to the sale of alcohol in Pinelands, there is a section where all the roads are named after well known wine farms.


In Pinelands there are three public primary schools, each of which is commonly known in the community by a colour: Pinelands Primary School ("The Blue School"), Pinelands North Primary School ("The Red School") and Pinehurst Primary School ("The Green School"). Pinelands High School is a public high school, centrally located in the suburb. Cannons Creek Independent School is a private combined primary and high school. Grace Primary School is a Christian primary school embracing a Charlotte Mason education philosophy. There are three private pre-primaries in Pinelands: Meerendal Pre-Primary, La Gratitude Pre-Primary, Learn and Play Centre Pre-School and Old Mutual for their employees. The high school campus of Vista Nova (a school for children with cerebral palsy and other special needs) is located in the suburb. The Pinelands Campus of the College of Cape Town while located in Maitland is on the northern edge of Pinelands and draws students from all over Cape Town.


Pinelands has sporting facilities including tennis and lawn bowling clubs. Other sports include the cricket and hockey clubs situated at The Oval sports grounds situated on St. Stephens Road just off Forest Drive. Pinelands hockey club was founded in 1937 and is currently one of the largest clubs in the country fielding 12 men’s teams and 7 ladies teams in the Western Province Hockey Union league. Both the men’s and ladies’ first teams play in the Grand Challenge league with the men's team having won the title for the first time in 2006. In 2008 Pinelands Hockey Club produced three Olympians – Marvin Bam, Paul Blake and Austin Smith. Austin Smith was made the South African Men's Captain, having first played hockey for the Red School and the Pinelands High School.

Coat of arms[edit]

In January 1949, the municipal council assumed a coat of arms, designed by F. de Beaumont Beech.[5] It registered the arms with the Cape Provincial Administration in July 1954[6] and at the Bureau of Heraldry in July 1979.[7]

The arms were : Or, on a chevron Gules, between three fir-cones Sable, slipped and leaved Vert, three annulets Or (i.e. a golden shield depicting, from top to bottom, two black fir-cones with green leaves, a red chevron displaying three golden rings, and another black fir-cone with green leaves). The crest was a squirrel holding an acorn, and the motto was Fides – prudentia – labor.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Pinelands". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Pinelands". City of Cape Town – Census 2001. City of Cape Town. Archived from the original on 2009-11-13. Retrieved 18 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Western Cape/City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality/Ward Number 53". Municipal Demarcation Board. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-09.
  4. ^ "Councillor Information: Brian Watkyns". City of Cape Town. Retrieved 2007-06-09.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Western Cape Archives : Pinelands Municipal Minutes (27 January 1949).
  6. ^ Cape of Good Hope Official Gazette 2711 (23 July 1954).
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