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Milnerton is a suburb of Cape Town in South Africa situated on the Atlantic Ocean coast 11 kilometres to the north of the city's centre.

Milnerton
View of Table Mountain from Milnerton beach
View of Table Mountain from Milnerton beach
Milnerton is located in Western Cape
Milnerton
Milnerton
Milnerton is located in South Africa
Milnerton
Milnerton
Coordinates: 33°52′S 18°30′E / 33.867°S 18.500°E / -33.867; 18.500Coordinates: 33°52′S 18°30′E / 33.867°S 18.500°E / -33.867; 18.500
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
Area
 • Total43.70 km2 (16.87 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total95,630
 • Density2,200/km2 (5,700/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African29.9%
 • Coloured17.3%
 • Indian/Asian2.6%
 • White47.7%
 • Other2.4%
First languages (2011)
 • English55.5%
 • Afrikaans18.0%
 • Xhosa14.0%
 • Other12.4%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
7441
PO box
7435
Area code021
View from Milnerton beach towards Cape Town, showing Table Mountain, Lion's Head and Signal Hill.

The Milnerton area of Cape Town includes Cambridge Estate, Century City, Du Noon, Edgemead Garden City, Bothasig Da Gang, Joe Slovo Park, Lagoon Beach, Milnerton Ridge, Royal Ascot, Sanddrift, Summer Greens, Tygerhof and Woodbridge Island.

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Milnerton lagoonEdit

One of the most identifiable features of Milnerton is its lagoon, formed where the Diep River enters the sea, with palm trees adorning the lagoon banks.

Woodbridge IslandEdit

Woodbridge Island is not actually an island, but rather the area south of Milnerton Golf Club on the peninsula separating the lagoon from the ocean. Two bridges join Woodbridge Island to the mainland of Milnerton proper. The wooden bridge is now a national heritage site and is closed to the public due to disrepair, although it is currently being rebuilt. A newer bridge allows cars to cross to the island. The Milnerton Lighthouse is also a popular landmark found on the island. The beach is a popular recreational area, especially over weekends and public holidays.

Milnerton beachEdit

Milnerton's beach is well known for its view of Table Mountain and is a popular surfing spot. The water is generally cold as a result of the Benguela current that flows along Africa's western shore .The beach is also managed by Milnerton Surf Lifesaving Club, who help to prevent drownings on the beach and surrounding area. Every Wednesday during summer the surfski and stand up paddlers use the SE winds and race the Downwind Dash series to Big Bay beach.

Nature reservesEdit

Milnerton is the location of two nature reserves which are owned and managed by the City of Cape Town. The Table Bay Nature Reserve Milnerton Racecourse Section is situated inside the race tracks of the old Milnerton Racecourse.

Coat of armsEdit

Milnerton had its own municipality from 1955 to 1996. The town council assumed a coat of arms, designed by Cornelis Pama, in October 1963,[2] and registered it with the Cape Provincial Administration in February 1966[3] and at the Bureau of Heraldry in February 1968.[4]

The arms were : Per chevron ploye Or with two horse-shoe Gules, and barry wavy of eight Azure and Argent (i.e. the shield was divided by a curved chevron-shaped line, the upper part displaying two red horseshoes on a gold background and the lower part having eight silver and blue stripes with wavy edges).

The crest was a red demi-horse and the motto Per mare per terram.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Milnerton". Census 2011.
  2. ^ Western Cape Archives : Milnerton Municipal Minutes (16 October 1963).
  3. ^ Cape of Good Hope Official Gazette 3332 (18 February 1966).
  4. ^ http://www.national.archsrch.gov.za[permanent dead link]

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