1963 to 1995

Fairview and surrounds - state of building and roads


The area here described was a major growth node in the Metro over the past 40 to 50 years. While extensive building activity took place, the roads in the area were not upgraded to cater for the growth and today we have serious congestion problem as a result. The growth has not stopped, building construction continues and Fairview, once resettled, will add a tsunami of further traffic


Fully built up areas are shown in grey. Where areas are not fully built up, such as small holdings and large plots, any buildings are shown as small black squares.

Extent of building

The massive growth of building since 1963 can be seen between this and the next map. Areas built up since 1963, that are vacant on this map, include
  • The area shown as Nooitgedacht on the 1963 map is the present Lorraine and includes Weybridge park and Woodlands. In 1963 this was an area of small holdings which are today town house complexes
  • Lorraine extensions 1 and 2, Lorraine Manor, today sit on the then vacant "Lorraine allotment area" and west of that, off this map
  • Kamma Park, Theescombe, west off the map, did not exist then
  • Brymore, Vikingvale, Benkamma, Sherwood, Kunene Park, Treehaven were built in the then vacant Framesby allotment area and west of that, off the map
  • Framesby and Sunridge were not fully built up
  • Fernglen was not built up, although roads and services were in place
  • Mangold Park then sat only on the edge of the Baakens Valley, the area east of William Moffat was vacant
  • Walmer Park and surrounding commercial centers did not exist
  • There was no Miramar, Walmer heights, Pari Park, Providentia
  • Lovemore Heights, Broadwood, Springfield, Tudor Gardens and most of Charlo did not exist
  • Fairview, Willowdene and Salisbury park were in their original state before the resettlement of the 1970's.
  • Moffat Park commercial center did not exist.
  • The Builders Warehouse complex did not exist

Extent of roads 1963

The present day road structure in this part of the Metro was substantially established in 1963. Here can be seen the main routes that are still largely unchanged today, which include.
  • The N2 in red at the top (north) of the map, then called the National Road Bypass
  • Kragga Kama Road between Sunridge and Framesby
  • Samantha way and the wide diamond interchange at the N2
  • Circular Drive from the notorious Tee with Kragga Kama
  • 17th Avenue, now called William Moffat Expressway North from Fig Tree
  • Buffelsfontein, just as it is today

Improvements since 1963

Include the following. These improvements did not anticipate or help the present state of overload, in fact there is no evidence that while the extensive new developments were approved that the impact on road capacity was considered or catered for. The few improvements that did take place were a knee jerk reaction, rather than the result of a continuing forward looking plan http://www.septua.co.za
  • 17th Avenue was upgraded to 4 lanes in early 1970's and called the William Moffat Expressway, after a former PE City Engineer. This was the best of all the improvements. However, the Expressway status was violated by building construction, traffic signals and random access, so that the upgrade resultantly did not cater for the increased demand, conversely there has been a reverse trend in its Level of Service (LOS)
  • William Moffat was extended to meet Cape Road at Disa Ave
  • A bit of widening and free left turn lane at Moffat/Main
  • Right turn queuing lane added at Circular Drive / Kragga Kama Tee
  • Frikkie Kotze linked Vikingvale to Samantha
  • Glendore Road was built to serve the surrounding areas and connected Buffelsfontein to Victoria drive
  • The new Sea View Road was built
  • A freeway along the Baakens Valley was proposed but not built due environment concerns, except for the presently unused flyover at Moffat Park

1958/1963 Topographic map

1:50 000 topo series, surveyed and drawn 1963, air photography 1958, Trignometrical Survey Office

19xx/1995 Topographic map

1:50 000 topo series, surveyed and drawn 1995, air photography 19xx, Trignometrical Survey Office

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