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Information on Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal

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Hillcrest is a settlement within eThekwini on the outskirts of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and forms a part of the Upper Highway Area.

Boasting an exceptionally clean and pollution-free environment as well as a country feel to it and also being 30 minutes away from the Durban central business district, with a freeway link, the area has become one of the most lucrative in KwaZulu-Natal.

There are two golf courses in Hillcrest and various shopping centres. Close to many tourist and recreational facilities, Hillcrest is a lovely centre for holidaymakers and business executives alike. Accommodation includes B&B guesthouses, and self-catering suites.


History of Hillcrest

Hillcrest was once a sleepy village on the outskirts of Durban that has now become a thriving suburb incorporated into the greater Durban area known as the eThekwini Municipal Area. Hill Crest was founded on a rise in the main road from Durban to Pietermaritzburg in 1895 as a farming or weekend village, then a considerable distance from what was the emerging port of Port Natal. The village was laid out as leasehold sites on a portion of the farm Albinia owned by William Gillitt, one of the first pioneer families of the area and after which the nearby suburb of Gillitts is named.

One of the other early families to set up in the area was the Acutts who had already established the well known in Durban estate agents agency of that name. In 1903, the first school in the village was established in a wood and metal cottage in Hospital Road leased to a Mrs McMillian, the principal of the first Highbury School, by Horace Acutt.

When the first Hillcrest Health Committee was established in 1943, the total all race population was 1135 persons and only the Main Road was hardened. Nkutu Road was hardened with klinker in 1947. This was followed in 1951 with the hardening of the first piece of Inanda Road. In 1962 blacktopping of selected roads in the central area began, followed by further roads in 1965. By 1971, when Town Board status was obtained, the total population had grown to 2799 persons. The Hillcrest Waste Water Treatment Plant was finally established in the 1990s, then serving only the central business district of the village with phased extensions planned in time, with other areas continuing on septic tanks. The town celebrated its centenary in 1995 and has since then seen a tremendous growth in inhabitants migrating from more central areas in Durban

Towns and Suburbs of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa

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