Pinetown at a Glance
Pinetown is an industrial town just inland from Durban in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. It was established in 1850 around the Wayside Hotel, which was built the year before along the main wagon route between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It was named after the governor of Natal, Sir Benjamin Pine. The British built a concentration camp here during the Second Boer War to house Boer women and children. Pinetown is now part of the larger eThekwini Municipality. The area from Cowies Hill in the east to Mariannhill in the west is commonly referred to as the Pinetown area, although Pinetown strictly extends from Caversham Glen to Manors.