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Neighbourhoods in Focus

Help Improve Cape Town

Everyday, we should do something to help improve our community – the place where we live. Fix up a school, clean your street, … strengthen the Community Policing Forum – there is so much to do in solidarity with our neighbours. This will build a better place for all of...

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Princess Vlei

The Princess Vlei, the gateway to the wetland system that runs through Grassy Park, purifying the water before it runs into the sea … a historical body of water located on the fault line between Cape Town and the vast sprawl of the Cape Flats, offers a meeting point for...

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Pinelands Garden City

On  Saturday 11th February 1922  the first Pinelands resident, Garth Cox, moved into 3  Meadway.  This event was celebrated by a full page article in the Cape Argus. Pinelands was the first Garden City in South Africa and the third  Garden City in the world. During 1948 it became a...

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Memories of Plumstead – Part 7

Plumstead was first mentioned when in 1692 a large portion of land beyond Wynberg and Constantia Valley was granted to free burgers Hendrik Jergens and Johan Barrens. They called it “Rust en Werk” – they endeavoured to farm it. Twenty years later (1712) the land was granted to Hendrik Bouman...

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Memories of Plumstead – Part 6

The Naruna Cinema referred to by Mrs. Venner is known to me as the Palladium and came to my attention when the owner decided to stop operating it and the 1st Naruna Boy Scout Group operated it as a fundraiser. They did so well that they were able to build...

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Memories 0f Plumstead – Part 5

Mr. Mendelowitz built many homes in Plumstead in those early years and I remember a row of his “Blue Riband Houses” going up in Prince George Drive service road. Dick Burton Street was, of course, eventually tarred to our great relief, as it used to get very pot-holed and uneven....

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Memories of Plumstead – Part 4

I was fascinated with Mrs. Ball’s account of early Plumstead in the Southfield Road area, and I started thinking back to when my folks moved to Plumstead. There is a lot I have forgotten but I was quite surprised that I remember as much as I do. My family, name...

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