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Rondebosch is a major suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, and is one of the most affluent and popular suburban areas in the city, with a history that dates back to the earliest days of the city itself.
In addition to a high concentration of residential zones, Rondebosch is also home to a variety of commercial establishments as well as a small business district. The suburb is also a major educational hub within the city, being home to the main campus of the University of Cape Town, as well as several prominent schools.
The earliest inhabitants of the Rondebosch area are likely to have been the same that populated much of the Cape Region; namely the Khoi and San tribes and their ancestors. Following their displacement and/or absorption by Xhosa-speaking peoples, the region was sparsely inhabited by these groups until the arrival of Europeans in the Cape, formally beginning in 1652 with the formation of the first settlement by the Dutch East India Company.
Approximately four years after the foundation of the Dutch settlement that would become Cape Town, a small group of early settlers began to experiment with growing crops slightly further inland, on the banks of the Amstel River (today known as the Liesbeek River). These four ‘free burghers’ had been granted the rights to the land by Jan van Riebeeck, who was at that time the commander of the Cape settlement. Van Riebeeck also gave the area its name, taking his inspiration from a circular grove of thorn trees, or ‘Ronde Doorn Bosje’, that grew on the banks of the area. These trees were later turned into a kraal.
Despite its long history, Rondebosch was not officially recognised as a separate town or even a suburb of Cape Town until the mid-19th century. During this time, the population of the area began to increase more rapidly, becoming a predominantly white and English-speaking area. Today, it continues to grow and develop, and has become more integrated.
Rondebosch lies along the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, and is included as one of Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs, so called due to their location south of Table Bay and the city center. The suburb is bordered to the west by the slopes of Devil’s Peak, and to the east by the M5 freeway. The suburbs of Rosebank and Mowbray lie to the north, while those of Claremont and Newlands are to the south.
Rondebosch is home to notable landmarks both historical and modern. Perhaps most prominent among these is the University of Cape Town. The Groote Schuur estate is another old establishment, while the Baxter Theatre is a more modern cultural beacon. Rondebosch Common, once a military campground, is now a national monument and conservation area that lies at the center of the suburb.
Rondebosch is home to approximately 14,591 people, at a density of around 2300 per square kilometer.
The majority of the population is White, with English being the most widely spoken first language.