Bushman's River Mouth

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Bushman's River Mouth
Boesmansriviermond
Bushman's River Mouth
Bushman's River Mouth
Bushman's River Mouth is located in Eastern Cape
Bushman's River Mouth
Bushman's River Mouth
Bushman's River Mouth is located in South Africa
Bushman's River Mouth
Bushman's River Mouth
Coordinates: 33°42′00″S 26°39′58″E / 33.7°S 26.666°E / -33.7; 26.666Coordinates: 33°42′00″S 26°39′58″E / 33.7°S 26.666°E / -33.7; 26.666
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceEastern Cape
DistrictSarah Baartman
MunicipalityNdlambe
Area
 • Total15.82 km2 (6.11 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total6,147
 • Density390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African77.5%
 • Coloured13.6%
 • Indian/Asian0.2%
 • White8.3%
 • Other0.5%
First languages (2011)
 • Xhosa74.1%
 • Afrikaans16.9%
 • English6.6%
 • Other2.3%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
6190
PO box
6190

Bushman's River Mouth (Afrikaans Boesmansriviermond, which is its official name) is a town in Ndlambe Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

The village is 25 km from Port Alfred,[2] on the west bank of the Bushman's River, just across the river from Kenton-on-Sea.[3]

Background[edit]

A well-known holiday resort, it is the site of many shipwrecks, the best-known of them being the Volo, a Norwegian barque wrecked near the river mouth in 1896.[4]

It was established in 1897 by farmers from nearby towns (Paterson, Cookhouse, Somerset East and Cradock) when they were granted permission to camp along the banks of the Bushman's River during the Christmas holiday season. Land leases during the early 1900s led to private land ownership, and modern development, though electricity and running water only became available in the 1980s,[5]

The Dias Cross Memorial at nearby Kwaaihoek is a provincial heritage site erected to mark the location of the padrão, or stone pillar, planted by Portuguese sailors led by Bartolomeu Dias.[6]

Boesmansriviermond has an active ratepayers association known as BRRAG (Bushman's River Ratepayers' Organisation) with website www.bushmansratepayers.co.za

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Bushman's River Mouth". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Boesmansriviermond". Pam Golding Properties. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  3. ^ Ivor Whibley (2003). The South African Fisherman. Struik. p. 149. ISBN 978-1-86872-802-2.
  4. ^ "Boesmansriviermond". Sunshine Coast Tourism. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Boesmansriviermond/Bushman's River Mouth & Riversbend". Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Diaz Cross Memorial". WhereToStay. Retrieved 27 January 2014.