Twee Riviere

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Twee Riviere
Twee Riviere is located in South Africa
Twee Riviere
Twee Riviere
 Twee Riviere shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 33°50′26″S 23°53′38″E / 33.84045°S 23.8939°E / -33.84045; 23.8939Coordinates: 33°50′26″S 23°53′38″E / 33.84045°S 23.8939°E / -33.84045; 23.8939
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Cacadu
Municipality Kou-Kamma
 • Total 2.72 km2 (1.05 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 485
 • Density 180/km2 (460/sq mi)
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 77.9%
 • English 8.5%
 • Xhosa 6.8%
 • Tswana 2.1%
 • Other 4.8%
PO box 6411

Twee Riviere (accepted spelling) is a town in Cacadu District Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

The town is located in the Langkloof - Afrikaans for 'long valley'. Twee Riviere - Afrikaans for ‘two rivers’ - takes its name from the Diep and Dwars River which arise in the Tsitsikamma Mountains to the south, flowing through the town.[2] Like so many other rivers in the Langkloof, these modest streams head inland for a considerable distance, before joining larger watercourses and gradually turning coastward.

The village of Twee Riviere is one of the earliest communities in the Langkloof, the original farm having been surveyed and registered under that name already on 14 February 1765. Originally a loan farm issued by the V.O.C. to Jacobus Scheepers, Twee Riviere was subsequently and briefly owned by Jacobus du Preez during the early 1780s, followed by Kritzinger and thereafter sold to Ockert Olivier in 1793. The Olivier family endures to this day, though during the 1800s and beyond holdings were increasingly also surrendered to families such as the Schreibers, Murrays, Ferreiras and others. Numerous descendants of these founding families formally acquired landholding by way of subdivision during the last century, and many have remained as citizens of the town. As subdivision of land gained ground within the close, valley geography, the trend soon gave rise to a notable concentration of dwellings and households, which in time assumed the beginnings of the richly varied village which exists today.

Today, one hundred and twenty families (representing approximately fifty surnames) comprise this historic and scenic village. Twee Riviere is partly characterized by a prevalence of homesteading families, many of whom favour a homeschooling education and pursuing lifestyles of hands-on endeavour, taking various forms.

While agriculture, and apple production in particular, remains its economic backbone, Twee Riviere is also home to other notable features of interest, such as the campus grounds of The South African Institute for Conservation as well as Skrijwershoek Autumn Arboretum, which houses a tree collection of uncommon landscape specimens renowned for exceptional autumn colouration.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Twee Riviere". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 441.