Macassar, Western Cape

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]

Sheikh Yusuf's tomb in Macassar
Sheikh Yusuf's tomb in Macassar
Macassar is located in Western Cape
Macassar is located in South Africa
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
 • Total28.85 km2 (11.14 sq mi)
4 m (13 ft)
 • 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)
PO box

Macassar’s history is closely tied to the Strand, whose inhabitants first settled this area. The kramat (shrine) of Sheikh Yusuf (Tuanta Salamaka) of the 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.


  • Macassar Primary
  • Macassar Secondary
  • Marvin Park Primary
  • Oklahomastreet Primary
  • False Bay 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
  • Ruben Road
  • 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


  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