History of Elsies River

Province Western Cape
Coordinates; 33.9309° S, 18.5772° E
Area 5.52 km²
Municipality City of Cape Town

In the late 1600’s Elsje van Suurwaarde farmed this area having outlived two husbands. The land changed hands many times in the years following her death. Some of the landowners rented allotments to coloured people who began moving to the area. In the late 1800s.
The area had plenty of water and wood which was useful for building and farming. It was then known as Elsie’s River Kraal. It was a good stopping place to let horses drink and rest. Also, the famous Arcadia Coffee House catered for travelers.

The Transatlantic railway had a station at Elsie’s River. Farmers drove their wagons from the surrounding areas to meet the train.

There was a further influx of people during the great depression. The area became very populated and was plagued with neglect and lack of services. From the 1940s however, industries moved into the vicinity which brought employment opportunities. Today Elsie’s River has many modern amenities such as schools and libraries.

The postcodes for Elsies River are 7490 (streets)and 7480 (boxes)

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Useful Numbers

  • Police: 021 928 1400
  • Traffic department: 021 592 1158
  • Fire: Epping – 021 592 1158
  • Water: 0860 103 089
  • Electricity: 0860 103 089
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Post office; 021 932 6027
  • Closest hospital; Day hospital – 021 932 6027
  • Clinic: 021 936 8885y
  • Cravenby community hall:021 444 0265
  • Town 2 Community centre:021 360 3229
  • Adriaanse Community Hall 021 444 0263
  • Leonsdale community centre:021 444 0916
  • Elsies River civic centre: 021 400 091
  • Uitsig community centre: 021 444 0916
  • Pharmacy– 021 932 2955
  • SPCA: 021 700 4140 ( Cape of Good Hope
  • Schools: Elsies River High School-021 932 5085
    Valhalla Primary School- 021 592 2003
    Norwood Central Primary- 021 932 0841
    Avonwood Primary School-021 932 3895
    Valhalla Secondary School-021 932 6012
    Cinda Park Primary School- 021 932 6510
    Eldene Primary School-021 932 3895
    Eurecon Primary School-021 931 2902
    Elswood Primary School-021 932 6510
    Edward Primary School-021 931-2309[/vc_column_text]
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