Thornton, Cape Town
Street map of Thornton
|Municipality||City of Cape Town|
|• Councillor||Brian Watkyns (DA)|
|• Total||1.89 km2 (0.73 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,500/km2 (6,500/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||23.9%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
|Postal code (street)|
Thornton is a southern suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. Thornton is situated only 10 kilometres (6 mi) east of the city centre, adjacent to Pinelands. Like Pinelands, Thornton is a mainly residential suburb with an abundance of trees. It is bordered by the Elsieskraal River, Pinelands, Viking Way, and the M7 Jakes Gerwel Drive. Many of the streets in Thornton are named after Viking themes, such as Thor Circle, Odin Drive and Viking Way. Others are named after trees, such as Poplar Avenue and Sipres Avenue.
Thornton, like Pinelands, is in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, sitting close to the border delineating the Northern and Southern Suburbs. There are many trees lining the roads of Thornton, and there are green spaces with wild flowers.
The College of Cape Town has a Thornton Campus for Civil and Mechanical Engineering. There is also the Thornton Primary School.
The Santos Sports Fields are in Thornton. There are also children's play parks within Thornton.
There are two shopping centres in Thornton, including two convenience stores and shops such as a locksmith, barber, pet shop and electronics store. There are also churches in Pinelands, including the N.G. Kerk Thornton.