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Macassar is a small town in South Africa, close to Strand and Somerset West, with an approximate population of 33,225. Administratively it is a suburb of the City of Cape Town.[2]

Macassar
Sheikh Yusuf's tomb in Macassar
Sheikh Yusuf's tomb in Macassar
Macassar is located in Western Cape
Macassar
Macassar
Macassar is located in South Africa
Macassar
Macassar
Coordinates: 34°04′S 18°46′E / 34.067°S 18.767°E / -34.067; 18.767Coordinates: 34°04′S 18°46′E / 34.067°S 18.767°E / -34.067; 18.767
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
Area
 • Total28.85 km2 (11.14 sq mi)
Elevation
4 m (13 ft)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total33,225
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African8.9%
 • Coloured88.3%
 • Indian/Asian0.5%
 • White1.2%
 • Other1.1%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans85.2%
 • English7.5%
 • Xhosa5.0%
 • Other2.4%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
7130
PO box
7134

Macassar’s history is closely tied to the Strand, whose inhabitants first settled this area. The kramat (shrine) of Sheikh Yusuf (Tuanta Salamaka) of Sultanate of Gowa, in present-day Makassar in Indonesia, is a holy place to South Africa's Muslim community. The Sheikh, who was exiled by the Dutch in 1694, came to the strand area and made it his final resting place although his followers, who were mainly fishermen, found the sea of Macassar rather uninviting and moved further along the coast to Strand’s Mosterds Bay. After Yusuf died, his followers named the area after his birthplace, spelling it with "c" in place of "k".

The Macassar Dunes Conservation Area forms part of the vital coastal dune system, one of the biodiversity hotspots of the Western Cape. These dunes have been impacted by conflicting activities such as cattle grazing and 4X4 vehicle use.

Macassar is a predominantly Coloured community close to the Macassar Dunes, whose workers historically are in the fishing and boatmaking industry. Unlike its neighbour Mitchells Plain, it is not ravaged by crime and drug abuse which is so prevalent amongst other underprivileged communities in the Western Cape.

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EducationEdit

  • Macassar Primary
  • Macassar Secondary
  • Marvin Park Primary
  • Oklahoma Primary
  • Zandvliet High School

List of SuburbsEdit

  • Bell Glen
  • Brandwacht
  • Chris Hani Park
  • Deaconsville
  • Deep Freeze
  • Macassar Village
  • Marvin Park
  • New Macassar
  • New Scheme
  • Riverside
  • Smartie Town[3]

Other LocationsEdit

  • Boys Town Macassar
  • Macassar Beach Pavilion (derelict)[4]
  • Macassar CDC Clinic
  • Macassar Fire Department
  • Macassar Municipal Offices
  • Macassar New Hall
  • Macassar New Sports Ground
  • Macassar Old Sports Ground
  • Macassar Police Station
  • Macassar Public Library
  • Macassar Waste Water Treatment Works
  • Rheinmettal Denel Munition Factory
  • Sheik Yusuf's Kramat

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Macassar". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Official planning suburbs". Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  3. ^ "City Maps"
  4. ^ Macassar Beach Pavilion (Atlas Obscura). Accessed 29 August 2019