Hillcrest, KwaZulu Natala

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Hillcrest
Hillcrest is located in KwaZulu Natala
Hillcrest
Hillcrest
 Hillcrest laêditšê ka gare KwaZulu Natala
Coordinates: 29°46′48″S 30°45′46″E / 29.78000°S 30.76278°E / -29.78000; 30.76278
Naga Afrika Borwa
Porofense KwaZulu Natala
Mmušôselegae eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality|eThekwini
Hlômile 22 January 1895
Government
 • Ward Councillor Rick Crouch[1][2][3] (Democratic Alliance)
Sekgôba[4]
 • Total 21.44 km2 (8.28 sq mi)
Setšhaba (2011)[4]
 • Total 13,329
 • Density 620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Dipersente tša merafe (2011)[4]
 • Bathobaso 11.4%
 • Bammala 0.8%
 • MaIndia 3.0%
 • Makgowa 84.3%
 • Šele 0.6%
Dipolelo tša ntlha (2011)[4]
 • Seisimane 82.7%
 • Afrikaans 7.6%
 • Sezulu 6.9%
 • Šele 2.9%
Nomoro ya poso (Setarata) 3650
Nomoro ya poso (Lepokisi) 5119

Hillcrest ke toropo ya Durban, Afrika Borwa. It is part of the outer West suburbs of Durban.

History[lokiša | edit source]

Hillcrest was formerly a sleepy village, but has now become a booming suburb incorporated into the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. Hillcrest was founded on a rise in the main road from Durban to Pietermaritzburg in 1895 as a farming or "weekend" village, then a good distance from what was the emerging port of Port Natal.

When the first Hillcrest Health Committee was established in 1943, the total all-race population was 1135 persons and only the Main Road was hardened. Nkutu Road was hardened with klinker in 1947 and this was followed in 1951 with the hardening of the first portion of Inanda Road. In 1962 tarring of selected roads in the central area began, followed by further roads in 1965. By 1971, when Town Board status was obtained, the total population had grown to 2799 persons.

The Hillcrest Waste Water Treatment Plant was finally established in the 1990s, then serving only the central commercial area of the village with phased extensions planned in time, with other areas continuing on septic tanks.

The town celebrated its centenary in 1995 and has since then seen an incredible increase in inhabitants migrating from more central areas in Durban

Hillcrest Today[lokiša | edit source]

Hillcrest lost its independent Town Board status in 1996 and was made subject to administration by the Outer West Local Council - a substructure council of the then Durban Unicity. In 2000, the Outer West Local Council, along with other local councils, was disestablished and were replaced by the single eThekwini Municipality encompassing the entire Durban metropolitan area.

The suburb of Hillcrest experienced a building boom in the late 1990s and 2000s with the construction of many gated communities and shopping centres.[5]

References[lokiša | edit source]

Sources[lokiša | edit source]

  • Lest We Forget - The Story of Hillcrest 1895 - 1995, Elizabeth Camp.
  • Hillcrest Gillitts Activity Corridor Local Development Plan - Outer West Local Council, 2000