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Emmanuel, comte de Las Cases, served as Napoleons secretary in the period when he was banned to St Helena. In 1816, Count de las Cases made the following entry in his diary: "... being removed to the very extremity of the civilised world .. in the desert of the Tijgerberg .." while he was a guest on the farm Altydgedacht, about 2km outside the town today known as Durbanville.

Durbanville. When I arrived here, it was a small farming community near Cape Town. Since then it has grown into a larger community, and Durbanville today is a bedroom city to the commercial and industrial areas of Cape Town. Although agriculture is still big in the area, the town of Durbanville has since been swallowed by the ever groing metropole and is now a suburb of the City of Cape Town.

Let me start at the beginning. The first European settlers on the southern tip of Africa was the Dutch who has arrived here in 1652. Shortly after, land was assigned for farming. The hills to the north of Cape Town was named Tijgerberg and by 1719 there were 22 farms established in the area. By 1806, at the time the Cape was under British rule, a piece of land was assigned to one Joseph James who named his farm 'Pampoenkraal' (Roughly translates to 'Pumpkin Partch').

Pampoenkraal became a well known and popular outspan for farmers and tradesmen traveling between Cape Town and villages such as Stellenbosch and it was only a matter of time before the community would begin to grow in this beautiful valley.

For about fifty years the Durbanville area was known as Pampoenkraal before residents decided to petition the then Governor, Sir Benjamin D'Urban on 1 August 1836 to change the
name of their town to D'Urban. The town kept the name D'Urban until 1886 when, on request by the Dutch Reformed Church, the name was changed from D'Urban to Durbanville to avoid confusion with the already established town of Durban in Natal.

The Durbanville of today, only 27km from the Cape Town CBD, is perhaps best known for the quality wine produced by 22 producers in the Durbanville Wine Valley.

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