Bellville, Western Cape

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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
 Bellville shown within Western Cape
Location within Cape Town
Bellville is located in Cape Town
Bellville
Bellville
Bellville is located in South Africa
Bellville
Bellville
Bellville (South Africa)
Bellville is located in Africa
Bellville
Bellville
Bellville (Africa)
Coordinates: 33°54′00″S 18°38′00″E / 33.90000°S 18.63333°E / -33.90000; 18.63333Coordinates: 33°54′00″S 18°38′00″E / 33.90000°S 18.63333°E / -33.90000; 18.63333
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%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street) 7530
PO box 7535
Area code 021

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

Boston Primary School, among other primary schools, is located there. There are also many high schools like Fairmont, Stellenberoads and Boston High School, which is about one kilometer away from the Boston Primary School.

Established[edit]

It was founded as "12 Mile Post" (Afrikaans: "12-Myl-Pos") because it is located 12 miles (20 km) from Cape Town city centre. It was first known as "hardekraaltjie". It was 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 motor registration number bears the number CY. "Come to Bellville and CY" has become a famous saying .

12 mile stone

Hospitals and educational institutes[edit]

The Karl Bremer Hospital Hospital functioned as the Academic Hospital for the University of Stellenbosch Medical School, but now the adjacent Tygerberg Hospital houses the medical school. Other hospitals in Bellville are: Mediclinic International Louis Leipoldt and Melomed[2]. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of the Western Cape, University of Stellenbosch Business School and Northlink College are also situated in Bellville. D.F. Malan High School, Bellville High School, Westcliff School of Skills , The Settlers High School and Stellenberg High School are located in the area. Primary Schools are: Bellair, Bellpark[3], Bellville, Bellville-North, Boston, Eversdal[4], Excelsior, Kenridge[5], Mimosa, Totius[6], Vredelust and Welgemoed.

Other places of interest[edit]

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 next to the Bellville athletics track that use to host the annual MTBS athletics competition. Bellville Mall[7], Tygervalley Shopping centre[8] and Willow Bridge[9] are shopping centres in Bellville. The last two shopping centres were built on the grounds that were use to be a Quarry and a Jail.

Bellville Library 2018

Sanlam's head office is also located in Voortrekker Street, Bellville

Other sports an entertainment includes: Bellville Golf Course[10], Bellville library[11], Bellville swimming pool[12] , Cool runnings[13], Jack Muller Danie Uys Park[14] (The Parkrun in Bellville is done here) and PP Smit Sport fields[15]

The head office of the Bible society of South Africa is situated in the city[16]

Tygerberg Nature Reserve is just above Welgemoed, one of Bellville's suburbs.

Suburbs[edit]

Suburbs that form part of Bellville are: Amanada Glen, Bellair, Beroma, Bloemhof, Blommendal, Blomtuin, Bosbell, Boston, Chrismar, De la Hey, Door de Kraal, Eversdal Glenhaven, Groenvallei, Heemstede, Hoheizen, Kanonberg, Kenridge, La Rochelle, Labiance, Loevenstein, Mimosa, Oakdale, Oakglen, Oude Westhof, Protea Valley, Ridgeworth, Rosendal, Stellenberg, Stellenridge, Stellenryk, Stikland, Tygerberg Hills, van Riebeeckshof, Vredelust, Vredenburg and Welgemoed.

Constituency[edit]

The town was a constituency in the Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, Cape Province in the South African House of Assembly starting in 1933. The first elected member was FHP Creswell (b. 13 November 1866, d. 28 August 1948).[17][better source needed][18] In 1939 it was not a constituency any more. In 1953 it regained constituency status and JFW Haak won. Haak retained this until 1970, when Louis Pienaar took over from him. In 1975 AT van der Merwe took over from him.[19]

Municipality[edit]

Bellville was a municipality from 1940 to 1996, and was given the status of a city on 7 September 1979.

Mayors of Bellville[edit]

  1. 1940-1943 van Niekerk,Andries Joseph (b.14 May 1882, d. 30 April 1953) m.Athalia Solms (b.4 August 1876)
  2. 1943-1944 Blanckenberg,Josias Jacobus (b.10 March 1907)
  3. 1944-1949 van Niekerk,Andries Joseph. Second term see no 1
  4. 1949-1950 Haak,Jan Friedrich Wilhelm (b.20 April 1917, d.16 February 1993) m.Maria Smuts Theron (b.1 August 1917). Jan Haak was also the Minister of Economy in the South African Government from 1967-1970.[20][better source needed][21]. He was also as member of the National Party South Africa the representative for Bellville in parliament[22][better source needed][23]
  5. 1950-1952 Duminy,Hendrik Cornelis van Niekerk(b.6 September 1899, d.29 March 1974) m.Frieda Moolman.
  6. 1952-1953 Sacks,Alec (b.14 April 1913.,d.29 May 1974) m.Anita Joseph(b.15 March 1922)
  7. 1953-1954 West,Adam Johannes (b.7 August 1905, d.30 November 1983) m.Maria Margaretha Visser. AJ West Street in Boston Bellville is named after him.
  8. 1954-1956 Barnard,Johannes Hendrik (b.3 September 1891, d.17 October 1956) m.Lucia Ruth Mosel. Barnard Street in Oakdale Bellville is named after him.
  9. 1956-1958 Meyer,Petrus Hendrik (b.7 September 1926) m. Stephanie Swart (b.20 November 1926)
  10. 1958-1961 van Riet,Willem Frederik (b.11 July 1910, d.9 December 1988) m.Augusta Dorothy de Villiers(b.31 August 1909)
  11. 1961-1963 Pienaar,Michiel Hendrik de Wet (b.12 October 1900) m.Anna Susanna Siebrits(b.22 May 1904) Mike Pienaar Boulevard in Bellville West is named after him.
  12. 1963-1966 Bezuidenhout,Willem Johannes (b.12 October 1900) m.Mona Havenga (b.10 March 1928).Bill Bezuidenhout Avenue in Blomtuin Bellville is named after him.
  13. 1966-1969 Pienaar,Michiel Hendrik de Wet.Second term see no 11
  14. 1969-1971 Smit,PP. The PP Smit sport fields In Durban Road Bellville is named after him.
  15. 1971-1973 Meyer,Martinus Daniel(b.21 June 1918) m Mary Elizabeth Weidemann (b.18 July 1925) . Tienie Meyer Bypass is named after him.
  16. 1973-1975 de Jager,Josephus Jacobus (b.9 December 1912, d.7 July 2000) m. Helena Claudina Nel(b.8 August 1912). Jip de Jager Drive in Welgemoed Bellville is named after him.
  17. 1975-1977 Uys,Daniel(b.3 June 1932) m.Beatrix Hendina Morrees (b.5 September 1934). Danie Uys Park in Boston Bellville is named after him.
  18. 1977-1978 van Schoor,Daniel Willem Jacobus (b.31 March 1935, d.14 August 2001) m.Johanna Elizabeth Coetzee( b.2 September 1937). Willie van Schoor Drive in Bellville is named after him.
  19. 1978-1979 de Jager,Josephus Jacobus. Second term see no 16
  20. 1979-1981 Meyer,Martinus Daniel Second term see no 15
  21. 1981-1983 Pienaar, Kristo Johannes (b. 4 July 1922, d. 6 April 1996) m Christina Wilhelmina van Rooyen (b. 24 May 1921)
  22. 1983-1985 Uys,Daniel. Second term see no 17
  23. 1985-1986 Kleynhans PH
  24. 1986-1987 Meyer,Martinus Daniel. Third term see no 15
  25. 1987-1989 Pienaar, Kristo Johannes. Second term see no 20
  26. 1989-1991 van Schoor,Daniel Willem Jacobus. Second term see no 18

In April 1982 P. W. Botha received honorary citizenship of the city.

Coat of arms[edit]

Bellville civic coat of arms (final version : 1979)

The municipal council assumed a coat of arms on 18 June 1947.[24] It later altered the arms, three times, before settling on the final version in 1979. The shield was divided into twelve horizontal bars of red and gold, representing the original village name of "Twaalfmyl". A black vertical band ("pale") down the centre displayed two silver hawk's bells, between which was a small blue shield displaying a golden sheaf of wheat. The crest was a black eagle, and the motto Prendre sa belle. Some time later, the blue shield was removed, and the wheatsheaf was placed directly on the black pale. In 1957, the wheatsheaf was replaced with a third hawk's bell. This version of the arms, re-drawn by Ivan Mitford-Barberton, was registered with the Cape Provincial Administration in February 1959.[25]

The final version of the arms, as amended by Cornelis Pama in 1979, replaced the hawk's bells with church bells.[26] In this form, the arms were registered at the Bureau of Heraldry in February 1980.[27] The registered blazon was : Barry of twelve Gules and Or, on a pale Sable three church bells Argent.

Media[edit]

  • The novel 2 Dae in Mei (English: 2 Days in May) by Jaco Fouché takes place in Bellville.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Bellville". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Melomed private hospital". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Bellpark Primary". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Eversdal Primary". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Kenridge Primary". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Laerskool Totius (Translated Totius Primary)". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Bellville Mall". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Tyger Valley". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Willow Bridge". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Bellville Golf Club". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Bellville Public Library". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Bellville Swimming Pool". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Cool Runnings". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Jack Muller Park". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  15. ^ "PP Smit Sports Grounds". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Bible Society of South Africa". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Frederick Hugh Page Cresswell". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  18. ^ van der Poel, J. "Selections from the Smuts Papers: Volume 5, September 1919-November 1934". Cambridge University Pressdate= 05 April 2007.
  19. ^ Schoeman, B.M. 1977. Parlementêre verkiesings in Suid-Afrika 1910-1976. Pretoria: Aktuele Publikasies
  20. ^ "Bellville Kiesafdeling (Bellville Ward)". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  21. ^ "HAAK, Jan Friedrich Wilhelm Inventory of documents". UFS.
  22. ^ "Jan Haak". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  23. ^ Pfiser,R. (Jul 2005). "South Africa and African States: From Pariah to Middle Power, 1962-1994". I.B.Tauris.
  24. ^ Western Cape Archives : Bellville Municipal Minutes (18. June 1947).
  25. ^ Cape of Good Hope Official Gazette 2957 (6 February 1959).
  26. ^ Strydom, C.J.S. (1981). Bellville'– Wordingsjare van 'n Stad :: Growth of a City.
  27. ^ "National Archives of South Africa : Data of the Bureau of Heraldry". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  28. ^ "Read an Excerpt from Twee Dae in Mei (Translated two days in May)". Retrieved 25 April 2018.

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