Citrusdal

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Citrusdal
View of Citrusdal and surrounding mountains at night
View of Citrusdal and surrounding mountains at night
Citrusdal is located in South Africa
Citrusdal
Citrusdal
 Citrusdal shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 32°35′22″S 19°00′53″E / 32.58944°S 19.01472°E / -32.58944; 19.01472Coordinates: 32°35′22″S 19°00′53″E / 32.58944°S 19.01472°E / -32.58944; 19.01472
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District West Coast
Municipality Cederberg
Established 1916
Area[1]
 • Total 4.70 km2 (1.81 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 7,177
 • Density 1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 15.6%
 • Coloured 69.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 14.5%
 • Other 0.7%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 87.5%
 • Xhosa 5.9%
 • Sotho 2.4%
 • English 1.9%
 • Other 2.3%
Postal code (street) 7340
PO box 7340
Area code 022

Citrusdal is a town of 5,000 people in the Olifants River Valley in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is situated at the base of the Cederberg mountains about 160 kilometres (100 mi) north of Cape Town. Agriculture in the area is dominated by citrus fruit farming, hence the town's name. Natural hot water springs occur in the area.

History[edit]

Citrusdal was established in 1916 by the Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk to serve the upper Olifants River valley. The church bought a portion of Middelpost farm, on which a township was laid out.[2] A town council was established in 1957.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2001 Census the population of Citrusdal was recorded as 5,023 people in 1,401 households. 73% of the residents described themselves as "Coloured", 21% as "White" and 6% as "Black African". The dominant language is Afrikaans, spoken as the first language of 95% of the population, while 4% speak isiXhosa and 1% speak English.[3]

Schools[edit]

Citrusdal High which is situated in the Olifant’s River Valley is a small school with appropriately 350 students.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Citrusdal". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "History". Goede Hoop Citrus. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Main Place 'Citrusdal'". Census 2001. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 

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