Alexandria, Eastern Cape

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Alexandria
The Dutch Reformed Church, a Provincial Heritage Site,[1] in Alexandria
The Dutch Reformed Church, a Provincial Heritage Site,[1] in Alexandria
Alexandria is located in South Africa
Alexandria
Alexandria
 Alexandria shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 33°39.2′S 26°24.5′E / 33.6533°S 26.4083°E / -33.6533; 26.4083Coordinates: 33°39.2′S 26°24.5′E / 33.6533°S 26.4083°E / -33.6533; 26.4083
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Cacadu
Municipality Ndlambe
Area[2]
 • Total 5.7 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 10,085
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 77.4%
 • Coloured 16.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 5.2%
 • Other 0.8%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Xhosa 72.8%
 • Afrikaans 20.3%
 • English 4.2%
 • Other 2.7%
Postal code (street) 6185
PO box 6185
Area code 046

Alexandria is a small farming town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and is situated 100 km North East of Port Elizabeth on the way to Bushman's River Mouth, Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred. Alexandria is part of the Ndlambe Local Municipality in the Cacadu District of the Eastern Cape.

It may have been established by the Dutch colonial government in the late 18th century, but was named Alexandria in 1856 after Reverend Alexander Smith.

Alexandria is one of the most important chicory producing areas in South Africa and is also known for pineapple production and dairy farming. The Alexandria area also includes the Alexandria State Forest, known as Langebos to the locals, which is a narrow stretch of pristine indigenous forest bordering the Alexandria dune field, one of the largest active dune fields in the world. The Woody Cape Nature Reserve, which stretches from the Sundays River mouth to the Bushman's River mouth and includes the dune field and the indigenous forest, has been incorporated into the Addo Elephant National Park.

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