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BellvilleBellville, formerly known as “12-Myl-Pos” or “12 Mile Stone” - attributed to the fact that it lies 12 miles from the city centre - was once a city in the Western Cape but now forms part of the greater Cape Town metropolitan area.
It was originally founded as a railway station on the Cape Town – Stellenbosch - Stand line, and was named after the surveyor general Charles Bell in 1861.
Bellville is very centrally situated, being close to the airport, many golf courses and various wine routes, and it also contains top-class medical facilities such as the Karl Bremmer and Tygerberg Hospitals.
The Mayibuye Centre is a popular tourist attraction in Bellville as it houses a collection of material from South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, many of which were previously banned.
The High Street Shopping Centre is located just off Durban Road, and the Tyger Valley Shopping Centre, boasting a huge selection of shops, boutiques and recreational facilities is situated on the corners of Bill Bezuidenhout and Willie van Schoor Avenues.
Adjacent to Durban Road is Edward Street, catering mostly for nightlife and featuring many nightclubs, bars and restaurants. The Tyger Valley area of Bellville also contains the multi-purpose Bellville Velodrome, hosting many events and concerts.
Bellville South is the well-known industrial area in Bellville, producing paper, food products, bricks, tiles and fertilizers, it is also closely linked with similar industrial areas like Parow, Brackenfell, Kuilsriver, Stikland and Epping Industria.
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