n Cabo - A history of the Friends of the Liesbeek

Volume 2015, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-4830


The Liesbeek, a nine-kilometre thread through the Cape Town suburbs of Bishopscourt, Newlands (past the Josephine Mill), Rondebosch and Mowbray, is a fascinating river. Firstly, it is most unusual for a river to have its source and mouth in the same city. The Liesbeek rises on the eastern face of Table Mountain; north of the South African Astronomical Observatory, it joins the Black River which flows into Table Bay. There are various theories about the name "Liesbeek", but probably the most apt is the deriviation from the Dutch words "lies" meaning reeds and "beek" meaning stream.

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