The northern and southern suburbs of Cape Town are very different from one another, and like many cities, Cape Town is split by an imaginary line that the locals refer to as “the boerewors curtain.” The two are divided by the enormous “Century City” complex, which is considered to be the northern suburbs’ territory even though the N1 acts as the official boundary and is a major shopping destination for the majority of Cape Town.
The primary distinction between the northern and southern suburbs of Cape Town, according to locals, is language. Although this is a broad generalization that ignores the many exceptions to the trend, persons who speak Afrikaans live in the north and English speakers live in the south. Let’s just say that “Die Burger” is the preferred newspaper in the northern suburbs, and “The Cape Argus” is the preferred newspaper in the southern suburbs.
The City of Tygerberg, created by the merging of the municipalities of Bellville, Durbanville, Goodwood, and Parow, includes the northern suburbs as a formal element. Due in large part to their proximity to the Grand West Casino, the Durbanville Wine Valley, and the Cape Town International Airport, these areas have seen tremendous property boom in recent years.