Maitland, Cape Town

Maitland is a suburb in Cape Town, South Africa.

An aerial view of the railway lines running through Maitland towards the East of Cape Town.
An aerial view of the railway lines running through Maitland towards the East of Cape Town.
Maitland is located in Western Cape
Maitland is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 33°55′29″S 18°29′13″E / 33.92472°S 18.48694°E / -33.92472; 18.48694Coordinates: 33°55′29″S 18°29′13″E / 33.92472°S 18.48694°E / -33.92472; 18.48694
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
Main PlaceCape Town
 • CouncillorAsa Abrahams (Ward 24) (DA)
Brian Watkyns (Ward 53) (DA)
Helen Jacobs (Ward 56) (DA)
 • Total3.95 km2 (1.53 sq mi)
 • Total9,782
 • Density2,500/km2 (6,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African41.7%
 • Coloured49.9%
 • Indian/Asian1.9%
 • White2.6%
 • Other4.0%
First languages (2011)
 • English58.0%
 • Afrikaans16.5%
 • Xhosa3.8%
 • Zulu1.0%
 • Other20.7%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box

Maitland is situated along a number of important transport networks connecting the Cape Town city bowl to the rest of the city. The most important being the railway line that runs through the middle of the suburb and the N1 that is situated on its northern boundary. The area has always been an important transport hub for the city. In 1845 one of the first roads from Stellenbosch through the Maitland area was completed.[3] This effectively connected Cape Town to the rest of Africa as at the time the dunes of the Cape Flats prevented much traffic between the two locations. The suburb is named after Sir Peregrine Maitland who was governor of the Cape in the mid 1840s.


Maitland lies to the north of Pinelands, south of Brooklyn, east of Salt River and to the west of Kensington


The 2011 census recorded the population of Maitland as consisting of 9,782 people. 49.9% described themselves as "Coloured", 1.9% as "Indian or Asian", 41.1% as "Black African", 2.6% as "White" and 4.0% as "Other". 58.0% spoke English as their first language, 16.5% spoke Afrikaans, 3.8% spoke Xhosa, 1.0% spoke Zulu and 20.7% spoke another language.

Local schoolsEdit

  • Maitland High School[4]
  • Holy Cross High School
  • Koeberg Primary school[5]

In popular cultureEdit

The Standard Hotel located in Maitland was featured in the 2012 film Safe House. It features as one of the "seedy hotels" that the main protagonists seek refuge in.[6]

The shrine of a well known Muslim Sufi saint i.e. Hazarat Khawaja Sayed Mehboob Ali Sha (R.A) is situated at the maitland Cemetery gate 4A is also a source of blessings and unity of many communities. The shrine that still attracts thousands of devotees from all around the world.[7]

Chapel at Maitland Crematorium


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Maitland". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Cape Postal Codes of South Africa". Post. Archived from the original on 29 December 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Cape Town History". Capeinfo. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Maitland high school". 20 May 2014.
  5. ^ "maitlandhigh school". 20 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Movie Review: Safe House". Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Hazarat Khwaja Sayed Mehboob Ali Sha".