Fisantekraal is located about 10km outside Durbanville, in the northern suburbs, an approximate 35 minute drive from Cape Town. It is located just off the Wellington/ Klipheuwel road (MR312). Its planning and development began in 1996 after homeless people occupied farm land during the 1990s. Construction began in 1999 and 1600 houses were completed in 3 phases between 2000 and 2006. Additional housing is currently under construction and more is planned for the near future.
As with all such settlement projects the number of houses built was far less than the number of people applying to be housed and there was conflict over allocation. In addition to the formal houses there are estimated to be over 2000 informal residences (“shacks”); some in the back yards of formal houses and others in informal settlements on the edges of the community. The total population, according to Census 2011 is about
12 400. The formal settlement has tarred roads, electricity, water and sewerage. Refuse is collected once a week by the municipality.