Maclear, Eastern Cape

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Maclear is located in South Africa
 Maclear shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 31°05′S 28°22′E / 31.083°S 28.367°E / -31.083; 28.367Coordinates: 31°05′S 28°22′E / 31.083°S 28.367°E / -31.083; 28.367
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Joe Gqabi
Municipality Elundini
Established 1876
 • Total 9.2 km2 (3.6 sq mi)
Elevation 1,272 m (4,173 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 10,521
 • Density 1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 93.1%
 • Coloured 4.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 2.0%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Xhosa 88.3%
 • Afrikaans 5.1%
 • English 2.7%
 • Sotho 2.1%
 • Other 1.8%
Postal code (street) 5480
PO box 5480
Area code 045

Maclear is a small town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

Town on the Mooi River (a tributary of the Tsitsa River), 172 km north of East London and 80 km north-east of Elliot. It was founded in 1876 as a military camp and developed rapidly, reaching municipal status in 1916. Named after Sir Thomas Maclear (1794-1879), famous astronomer who laid the foundation for a trigonometrical survey of the Cape Colony.

It lies just north-east of Ugie. The land to the east and south was part of the former homeland of Transkei. The town was founded in 1876 as Nqanqaru Drift but was later in 1882 renamed after Thomas Maclear.


Maclear is a popular trout-fishing resort set in beautiful surroundings.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Sonwabile and Maclear from Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 289. 
  3. ^ saexplorer - travel distances from Maclear