Almshouses, Alms Street, Bethelsdorp
|Municipality||Nelson Mandela Bay|
|• Total||36.62 km2 (14.14 sq mi)|
|• Density||5,000/km2 (13,000/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||34.1%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Postal code (street)||6059|
|Area code||+27 (0)41|
Established in 1803 by Rev. J. T. van der Kemp on the farm Roodepas of Theunis Botha as a mission station of the London Missionary Society. The name is derived from the Hebrew word Baitheel, meaning 'House of God'.
Under the previous political dispensation, Bethelsdorp was a township almost exclusively inhabited by People of colour (Afrikaans: Kleurlinge). This changed somewhat with the end of Apartheid in South Africa in 1994, as living and trading in the township is now freely open to all races.
- "Main Place Bethelsdorp". Census 2011.
- "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 78.
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