Kraaifontein is situated in Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It borders the N1 Highway with Brackenfell and Durbanville as its neighbours and it flanks the N1 towards Paarl and Worcester to the north. The suburb’s name originated from the large number of crows that nest in the region.
The beginnings of Kraaifontein dates to 1869 when a subdivision of farmland started in the area. A railway station called “Kraaifontein Junction” was established in 1876 and 1877 saw the development of a formal town. The first school was established in January 1908 and Kraaifontein became a municipality in 1957 under Mayor JP Rossouw. Living areas like Scottsdene, Wallacedene, Eikendal, and Bloekombos are included in the municipal layout of Kraaifontein. However, they all had their own municipalities before the City of Cape Town restructured the area in the later part of the 90’s.
There are three libraries in Kraaifontein namely the Kraaifontein Public Library, Scottsdene Public Library, and Eikendal Public Library. The libraries are funded and owned by the City of Cape Town Metropolitan municipality. Schools in Kraaifontein include Scottsdene High School, Bloekombos, Monument Park, Masibambane Secondary School, Simonsberg Primary School, Bernadino Heights High School, Aristea Primary School and Scottsville High School.
The infrastructure of Kraaifontein is generally well-maintained and regularly updated. Some of the roads that connect Kraaifontein with the rest of the province include Da Gama Street, Van Riebeeck Street, Hout Street, Old Paarl Road, Central Avenue, Voortrekker Road, Skakel Street, Waarburgh Road, Botfontein Road and the M15. Hospitals and clinics close to Kraaifontein include Mediclinic Cape Gate, Durbanville Day Hospital, and Medicross Family Medical Centre.