Athlone

History of Athlone on the Cape Flats created by the apartheid “group areas act”

History of Athlone

Athlone got its name from  Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone who was the Governor-general of and Commander in Chief in South Africa. He was a member of the royal family and was in this position from 1924 to 1930. Previously the area was called West London.
Athlone has been called the dumping ground of the apartheid regime where thousands of people were relocated because of the group areas act. 70 years after the Earl of Athlone left, it became a melting pot and it is an example of how many different cultures can coexist.
The Athlone train station is on the Cape Flats line. Other parts of Athlone include Manenberg, Gatesville, Rylands, Belgravia Estate, Bridgetown, Hazendal. Garlandale, Rondebosch East, Crawford, Silvertown and Kewtown, but also Bokmakerrie which is an older area that was built before World War 2
Athlone is the cultural hub of The Cape Flats community

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Things to see and do in Athlone:

  • Athlone stadium
  • Athlone Power Station or ‘Athlone Towers’ or the ‘Cooling Towers’. Built in 1960 are managed by the Cape Town City Council. Today, they are declared out of bounds, due to damage caused to the structure by the strong Southeastern wind.
  • The Robert Waterwitch / Colleen Williams Memorial, established in memory of two activists who died in the anti apartheid struggle
  • Nantes Park Outdoor Gym  Loerie Road, Silvertown
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Useful Numbers

  • Police: 021 697 9200
  • Traffic department: Hillstar 0860 103 089
  • Fire: Goodwood 021 590 1900
  • Water: 0860 103 089
  • Electricity: 0860 103 089
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Post office; 021 697 1201
  • Closest hospital; Dr abduraham Day hospital 021 37 9071
  • Pharmacy; 021 697 1613
  • SPCA: Cape of good hope 021 700 4140
  • Athlone civic centre  021 637 5488
  • Athlone community centre 021 444 0410
  • Schools:
  • St Raphaels primary – 021 696 6718
    Garlandale secondary – 021 696 7908
    Alicedale primary – 021 637 6730
    Athlone North primary –  021 637 6608
    Ned Doman high – 021 696 5114
    Garlandale primary – 081 448 6799
    Athlone high – 021 637 6930

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