Athlone - The Official Guide
Athlone is a cultural hub made up of a number of vibrant arts, culture and memorial areas that form a centre for the culturally diverse community of the Cape Flats.
Athlone on the Cape Flats is the home of the Trojan Horse Memorial, a reminder of an incident which took place in 1985, when three anti-apartheid protesters were killed and 15 others wounded in a police ambush. Also in Athlone is the Robert Waterwitch/Colleen Williams Memorial, established in memory of two activists from the now ruling ANC party who died in the struggle against apartheid.
There are many small home industries that serve the local communities and a bustling commercial centre along Klipfontein Road with plenty of shops and services. The big shopping mall in the area is Vangate Mall, offering retail brands and food franchises like Ocean Basket (seafood) and Panarotti’s (pizza).
The Galaxy (College Road, Rylands) nightclub has been around since 1978, making it one of, if not the oldest nightclub in Cape Town. The adjacent WestEnd nightclub hosts regular jazz nights. Dress code is smart casual.
Dedicated to providing performing arts and theatre training in ballet, modern contemporary dance, hip-hop and belly dancing, drama and music, the Eoan Group School of Performing Arts has its own theatre, The Joseph Stone Auditorium, in Klipfontein Road. Football is the number one sport in the area. The landmark Athlone Stadium is the home ground of Santos Cape Town. The stadium underwent extensive upgrades for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ as it served as one of the main training venues in Cape Town.
Athlone is mainly residential; however, it includes industrial and commercial zones, namely Athlone CBD and Gatesville. Sub-areas include Manenberg, Gatesville, Rylands, Belgravia Estate, Bridgetown, Crawford and Hazendal. It is a culturally diverse area although it is predominantly home to Coloured communities, many of whom follow the Muslim faith.