The suburb of Salt River can be found close to Table Bay and lies to the east of the CBD of Cape Town. Because of its location close to the city centre it was considered the industrial hub of Cape Town. Salt River was important in the steel and locomotive industry in the 1900’s due to the growth of the railway network. The area was also well-known for its textile industry and the clothing industry, but because there has been a lot of importing of cheaper clothes and other items, many of these factories have closed down. Looking to the future, the suburb has been chosen as part of the urban renewal initiative. The revival of the area is part of the R20 Billion Rand initiative that will take place across Cape Town.
The name Salt River comes from the Dutch word, ‘Soutrivier’. Named after the river which bears the same name, the river is formed by the convergence of the Black River and Liesbeek River. Today the river has been converted into a navigable canal and runs between Paarden Eiland and the area of Brooklyn, into Table Bay.
Many of the Cape Malay people moved into the area during the 1950’s and 60’s. This is why today Salt River is populated mostly by later generations of Cape Malay’s. Many ‘Coloured’ Christian people also live in Salt River alongside their Muslim neighbours; the area has seven churches and two mosques. Salt River also has its own Train Station, making it a little easier to travel to Cape Town and other areas.