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Articles: Parow Beginnings

Written by Martin Hubbard
October 2011

During a great storm in Table Bay in 1865, 19 ships were stranded. Amongst the many schooners was the Kehrwieder, the ship of Captain Johann Heinrich Ferdinand Parow. The captain managed to survive, married one of the local women and settled in the Cape of Good Hope. He quickly realised the potential of the Tygervalley area north of Cape Town and that the area held great opportunities for cattle trade. He became quite a successful businessman and the small settlement was named after him. Moving on from the cattle trade, Parow was later largely transformed into a commercial business area, with many shopping centers opening around Voortrekker road.

The Parow Civic Centre sometimes hosts sports and other interesting communal events drawing crowds of locals. What is most attractive about Parow to visitors is that the shops seem to be more spaced out and there are many small industries down the side roads, including a street market close to the post office. Linen, computer repairs, locksmiths, auto dealers, even a Vetkoek Paleis with all the different mouth-watering ingredients is certainly worth a visit. Parow is a short drive south from Clouds Guest House, but north of Goodwood, and this makes for an interesting Saturday morning drive along the never-ending Voortrekker Road.

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