History of Durbanville

Province : Western Cape
Coordinates33°49′57″S 18°38′51″E
Area : 2.62 km2
Municipality: City of Cape Town

Durbanville, one of the oldest municipalities in the Western Cape, is named after Sir Benjamin D’Urban who was a governor of the Cape between 1834 and 1838. Before 1836 it was called Pampoenkraal, “pumpkin fold” or kraal which is an enclosure for cattle. This was the name given to the meeting place for farmers near some freshwater springs just behind the Durbanville hills. This area around the springs was discovered by Jan van Riebeek in 1652 and was used as a watering station for people travelling from Cape Town into the interior.
In 1825 a Dutch reformed church was established in the area and a small village grew up around it.
From the 1870s Durbanville had its own court, magistrate and jail. A municipality was established in 1901 and the first mayor was John King.
The area has been planted with grapevines since the 17th century, these early vines were mainly of the Cape Madeira variety

The postcode for Durbanville is 7550

Things to do and see in Durbanville

  • Rust-en-Vrede, in Wellington Road, is a Cape Dutch complex that dates back to 1850
  • There are 12 farms in the valley – Altydgedacht, Bloemendal, D’Aria, DeGrendel, Dimersdal, Durbanville Hills, Hillcrest, Klein Roosboom, Meeredndal, N’Tida, Phizante Kraal and Signal Gun.
  • Durbanville in bloom ‘Open gardens” in spring info@durbanvillegardenclub.co.za
  • Durbanville Plaasfees 082 376 3236
  • Morningstar Park Outdoor Gym Cnr School Street and Kwartel Road, Durbanville
  • Vissershoek pass
  • The Brews and Blues Festival. It is an annual event. The festival brings together the love of beer and music.
  • Durbanville Parkrun 08:00 every Saturday at Meerendal Estate, durbanville@parkrun.com
  • What’s on in Durbanville, Facebook page

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Useful Numbers

  • Police: 021 970 3800
  • Municipality– 021 444 5467
  • Traffic department: 021 444 7084
  • Fire: 021 444 7290
  • Water: 021 444 5467
  • Electricity: 021 444 5467
  • Ambulance: 10177 – Resq Medix Ambulance Service-021 948 8091
  • Post office; 021 976 2933
  • Library ;021 444 7070
  • Closest hospital;Mediclinic Durbanville-021 980 2100
  • Pharmacy;Medicare Pharmacy Village Square-021 975 6570
  • SPCA: Uitsig Animal Rescue,· Animal shelter-083 375 3606
  • Durbanville civic centre:021 400 3966
  • Schools;

Durbanville High School-021 976 3188
Reddam House Durbanville-010 060 4236
Fairmont High School, Durbanville-021 976 1147
Curro Durbanville Independent School-021 975 6377
Durbanville Primary School-021 976 8115
Durbanville High School-021 976 3188
Durbanville Preparatory School-021 975 1125
Alpha Primary School-021 976 1493
Valmary Park Preprimary School-021 976 2890
Alpha Primary School-021 976 1493

Museum; Rust-en-Vrede,Art Gallery & Clay Museum- 021 976 4691[/vc_column_text]

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