Bethelsdorp

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Bethelsdorp
Almshouses, Alms Street, Bethelsdorp
Almshouses, Alms Street, Bethelsdorp
Bethelsdorp is located in Eastern Cape
Bethelsdorp
Bethelsdorp
Bethelsdorp is located in South Africa
Bethelsdorp
Bethelsdorp
Bethelsdorp is located in Africa
Bethelsdorp
Bethelsdorp
 Bethelsdorp shown within Eastern Cape
Coordinates: 33°53′S 25°30′E / 33.883°S 25.500°E / -33.883; 25.500Coordinates: 33°53′S 25°30′E / 33.883°S 25.500°E / -33.883; 25.500
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
Municipality Nelson Mandela Bay
Established 1803
Area[1]
 • Total 36.62 km2 (14.14 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 182,012
 • Density 5,000/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 34.1%
 • Coloured 64.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.6%
 • White 0.2%
 • Other 0.8%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 57.8%
 • Xhosa 28.7%
 • English 11.2%
 • Other 2.3%
Postal code (street) 6059
PO box 6003
Area code +27 (0)41

Bethelsdorp is a town in Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, 20 km north-west of Port Elizabeth.

History[edit]

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'.[2]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Bethelsdorp". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 78.