Educational institutions within the GSCID Learning District


GSCID precinct as Learning District
Education is entrenched in the suburbs falling within the GSCID precinct (Mowbray, Rosebank, Rondebosch, Newlands) Not only does this geographic area host the country’s oldest university (UCT), it also contains a number of institutions ranging from grassroots education facilities to tertiary accommodation facilities.

Examining the level of education amongst the residents of this area as well as looking at the amount of land parcels occupied for this specific land use reveal the significant impact of this rich educational presence on the urban environment.

Census 2011 data depicts that 8% of the country’s population (20+) has obtained educational qualifications beyond that of Grade 12. On a provincial level, Gauteng ranks the highest with 13,2%, followed by the Western Cape with 10,1% whereas KwaZulu-Natal has a count of 6,7%. The City of Cape Town displays a percentage of 16,6% in this category whereas 17,3% of Stellenbosch’s (a distinguishable student town) population has obtained qualifications beyond Grade 12. On a local neighbourhood level, the GSCID area displays a significant 41,7% of the total population having obtained higher than Grade 12 education, of which 6% hold higher degrees (Masters/Phd).

A land use analysis of the broader area indicates the strong educational presence once again. UCT, with its associated campuses, sport fields and residences, is the main tertiary institution in the area. CPUT also has a presence with some student accommodation residences visible.

The main schools in the area include Rustenburg High School for Girls, Sans Souci Girls High School, South African College High School (Sacs) and Westerford High School. An additional number of primary and pre-primary schools are evident throughout the study area. A total of 8% of land area (sqm) of the broader GSCID area is currently occupied for educational purposes, which is quite high considering that only 11% is residential and 53% commercial in nature.

In terms of the GSCID, the presence of this university and other educational facilities ranging from pre-schools to other tertiary facilities are significant in defining the sense of place for the surrounding urban environment. Education becomes the ‘golden thread’ throughout.

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