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melkbosstrand cape townMelkbosstrand is a coastal village and beach on the West Coast of South Africa, 35 km north of Cape Town. Named after the species of Euphorbiaceae bushes which grow on the dunes and give off a milky latex like substance, it is commonly referred to simply as Melkbos.

The town and its 7 km stretch of white sand beach is situated on the Atlantic coast with the Blouberg mountain to the east. The beach is popular with surfers. It is notable for being one of the landing points for the South Africa-Far East and South Atlantic/West Africa submarine cable systems.

Melkbosstrand falls under the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality, and its nearest neighbouring towns are Bloubergstrand and Atlantis. Melkbosstrand has some of the most beautiful wide, sandy beaches that offer hours of breathtaking walks with views over Table Mountain and Robben Island, safe swimming, ideal conditions for kite surfing, windsurfing, crayfishing and boating and some of the best sunsets.

Melkbosstrand is well known for its seafood. There are a number of restaurants and two large shopping centres in the area and easy access to golf courses, Ratanga Junction, Grand West Casino, Canal Walk and of course, the wild flowers of the West Coast, when in season. Melkbosstrand, named after the milkwood trees growing north of the town, is also close to the Durbanville winelands and the majestic mountains of the Boland. The Koeberg Nature Reserve, nearby, has a number of fynbos-rich walking paths that pass through beautiful cliffs, dunes and beaches.

Melkbosstrand owes much of its present day infrastructure to two significant South African apartheid government developments in the late seventies. The first, Koeberg nuclear power station, constructed with the help of the British and French some 6 km north of Melkbosstrand, necessitated the creation of high quality housing for the foreign contractors. The second, the government subsidized creation of Atlantis Diesel Engines (ADE), a joint venture between the British Perkins-Elmer and German Daimler AG, to bypass international sanctions. Although ADE was in the industrial park of Atlantis, some 50 km north of Cape Town, subsidized housing was established in Melkbosstrand to help attract and retain the many German, British, and even South African, engineers, managers, and technicians. These houses, both for Koeberg and ADE, have long since been sold off to the public.

Cape Town Suburbs
Bantry Bay, Bellville, Bloubergrant, Bloubergstrand, Brackenfell, Camps Bay, Cape Town Central/City Bowl, Claremont, Constantia, Durbanville, Fish Hoek, Fresnaye, Gordon's Bay, Green Point, Hout Bay, Kenilworth, Lakeside, Melkbosstrand, Milnerton, Muizenberg, Newlands, Noordhoek, Observatory, Parow, Paternoster, Pinelands, Rondebosch, Salt River, Sea Point, Simon's Town, Sir Lowry's Pass, Somerset West, Stellenbosch, Strand, Table View, Tokai, Tygerberg.

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