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Bellville, Western Cape

Bellville
Bellville CBD with Kogelberg Mountains and False Bay in distance
Bellville CBD with Kogelberg Mountains and False Bay in distance
Bellville is located in Western Cape
Bellville
 Bellville shown within Western Cape
Coordinates:
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
Established 1861
Area[1]
 • Total 52.39 km2 (20.23 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 112,507
 • Density 2,100/km2 (5,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 15.7%
 • Coloured 29.4%
 • Indian/Asian 1.5%
 • White 50.3%
 • Other 3.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 65.4%
 • English 25.2%
 • Xhosa 2.5%
 • Other 7.0%
Postal code (street) 7530
PO box 7535
Area code 021

Bellville is a city in the greater Cape Town metropolitan area and falls within the area of the City of Cape Town municipality.

Originally called "12 Mile Post" (Afrikaans: "12-Myl-Pos"), since it is located 12 miles (20 km) from Cape Town city centre, it was originally founded as a railway station on the line from Cape Town to Stellenbosch and Strand. In 1861 it was renamed Bellville, after the surveyor general Charles Bell.

The Karl Bremer Hospital functioned as the Academic Hospital for the University of Stellenbosch Medical School, but now the adjacent Tygerberg Hospital houses the medical school. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the University of the Western Cape are also situated in Bellville. D.F. Malan High School and Bellville Hgh School are both located in the area.

The multi-purpose Bellville Velodrome is located in the Tyger Valley area of Bellville. The Bellville Velodrome has the only indoor cycling track in South Africa and is also the annual host of the MTBS athletics competition.

In May 2007, Meg Ryan and William H. Macy completed the last day of principal photography for their new movie, The Deal, at the Bellville Civic Centre.

Bellville is notable in the local South African music scene, gaining the nickname "Bellville Rock City"[2] due to the number of bands that hail from the city, such as Fokofpolisiekar, Foto Na Dans, Jax Panik, Jack Parow, aKING and Die Heuwels Fantasties.

The novel 2 Dae in Mei (English: 2 Days in May) by Jaco Fouché takes place in Bellville.[3]


See also

  • The Bellville Website
  • Bellville Directory

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Bellville". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bellville, Rock City". Channel 24. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  3. ^ http://umuzi.book.co.za/blog/2007/08/08/read-an-excerpt-from-twee-dae-in-mei/

External links

  • University of the Western Cape
  • Bellville Business Directory
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