Somerset West

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Somerset West
Somerset West (South Africa)
Somerset West
Somerset West
Coordinates 34 ° 4 ′  S , 18 ° 51 ′  E Coordinates: 34 ° 4 ′  S , 18 ° 51 ′  E
Basic data
Country South Africa


Western cape
metropolis City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality
Residents 55,166 (2011)
Aerial view of Somerset West
Aerial view of Somerset West

Somerset West (English) or Somerset-Wes ( Afrikaans ) is a city in the Western Cape Province of South Africa . It is part of the metropolitan municipality City of Capetown . In 2011 it had 55,166 inhabitants.

Somerset West was named after Lord Charles Henry Somerset in 1819 , who was governor of the British Cape Colony at the time. The addition West was added to distinguish it from Somerset East , a city in what is now the Eastern Cape Province .

Somerset West is located on False Bay , bounded in the north by the Hottentots- Holland Mountains at the foot of the Helderberg around 50 kilometers east of the center of Cape Town on the N2 motorway and the Eersterivier – Protem / Bredasdorp railway . It is the commercial and residential center of the entire Helderberg area.

The wind from the Atlantic, called South Easter or The Cape Doctor , ensures a pleasant climate in the summer months from December to March.

In the village located Helderberg College , an educational institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church .



In Somerset West, near Macassar , there is an industrial site (formerly Somchem , 34 ° 3 '54.2 "  S , 18 ° 46' 37.7"  O ) for products for domestic and foreign ammunition demand , the former exclusively for state defense group Denel belonged and since 2008 has been producing the majority under the Rheinmetall Group division Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) based in South Africa . On September 3, 2018, a large explosion occurred in the ammunition depot of this production site, which is also the headquarters of Rheinmetall in South Africa, with dead and injured workers.

sons and daughters of the town

Individual evidence

  1. 2011 census , accessed on November 23, 2013
  2. ^ Rheinmetall Denel Munition: History . at (English)
  3. Denel Industrial Properties: Rheinmetall Denel Munition | Somerset West . on (English)
  4. Jenni Evans: 8 dead in Denel munitions factory blast . News from September 3, 2018 on (English)