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Goodwood, Cape Town

Goodwood is located in South Africa
 Goodwood shown within South Africa
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
 • Total 17.94 km2 (6.93 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 50,285
 • Density 2,800/km2 (7,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 17.9%
 • Coloured 37.9%
 • Indian/Asian 3.4%
 • White 37.9%
 • Other 2.9%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 50.9%
 • Afrikaans 35.0%
 • Xhosa 4.9%
 • Other 9.2%
Postal code (street) 7460
PO box 7459
Area code 021

Goodwood is a suburb situated between the northern and southern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. It is 10 kilometres from the city centre and accessible from the N1, N7 and N2 highways.[2]

The town was established in 1905 and named after Goodwood Racecourse in England as the founders intended to make it a racing centre. A course was actually constructed, but after only one meeting it was abandoned.[3]

The first railway station was built in 1905, and today there are three within the municipal area: Goodwood, Vasco and Elsies River. These all lie on the Cape Town-Johannesburg main line.[3]

High schools in the area

  • Fairbairn College, an English-medium coeducational high school
  • JG Meiring High School, a dual-medium coeducational high school, this school is now built on the spot where the racecourse was built
  • Hoërskool President, an Afrikaans-medium coeducational high school


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Goodwood". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ Essential Travel Info
  3. ^ a b "Goodwood". Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa 5. Nasou Limited. 1971. p. 269. ISBN 978-0-625-00324-2. 

Further reading

  • Rosenthal, Eric (1980). Goodwood and its story. Cape Town: National Book Printers. p. 126. 

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