Malmesbury

Swaartland town

History of Malmesbury

Province: Western Cape
West coast
Coordinates: 33°27′S 18°44′E
Area:18.8 km2
Municipality: Swartland

Jan Van Riebeek was the first to coin the name “Het Zwarte Land’ this referred to the colour of the vegetation (The Renosterbos) which grows in the area and turns black in the hot summer.
The area was inhabited by Khoi people for centuries, and Europeans began to settle in the area of the hot sulphur springs during the 1700s. The springs were renowned as a cure for rheumatism. Unfortunately, the curative springs were not developed and a shopping centre was built on the site of the springs with a fountain marking the original location of the spring.
The first farms were allocated in the area in 1703 The NG Kerk established a congregation which was known as “Swartlands Kerk” In 1829 the town was named after Sir Lowry Cole’s father-in-law the Earl of Malmesbury. The town acquired municipal status in 1860. The climate in Malmesbury is ideal for growing grain but there are also vineyards that grow well in the area.
Some of the beautiful historic buildings include a synagogue that was built in 1911. There was quite a big Jewish community in Malmesbury.
Today Malmesbury is the centre of the grain-growing industry in South Africa.

The license plate prefix in Malmesbury is CK and the postcodes are 7300 (streets) & 7299 (boxes)

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Things to see and do in Malmesbury

  • Malmesbury Historic Walk Download brochure 1mb
  • Malmesbury Parkrun  08:00 every Saturday at ‘Die Bos’ on Barocca St,  malmesbury@parkrun.com
  • The oldest milling company in the country is headquartered here. Bokomo was established in1919
  • Swartland Birding Route
  • Swartland Wine and Olive Route. Pinotage and hanepoot are local specialities.

Useful Numbers in Malmesbury

  • Municipality 022 482 4370
  • Police: 022 482 7500
  • Traffic department: 022 487 9400
  • Fire: 022 487 9479
  • Municipality 022 487 9400
  • Emergencies: o/h 022 487 9400 a/h 022 487 9479
  • Ambulance: 022 482 1161 10177
  • Post office;022 482 2422
  • Library:022 487 9439
  • Closest hospital; Swartland Hospital 022 482 1161
  • Pharmacy; Geard pharmacy 022 482 2557
  • SPCA: Swartland 022 492 2781
  • Schools: Swartland High; 022 482 1469
    Swartland primary; 022 487 4595
    Laerskool swartland; 022 482 2251
    Wesbank secondary; 022 486 4868
    Liebenburg primary; 022 486 4595
    Naphakade primary;081 472 8697
    Schoonspruit secondary; 022 486 4598
  • Museum; 022 482 233
  • Tourism (0)22 487 1133
  • Local paper” Die Courant”: 022 487 3221
  • Swartland Gazette: 022 482 3817
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