Cathcart, Eastern Cape

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Main street in Cathcart
Main street in Cathcart
Cathcart is located in Eastern Cape
Cathcart is located in South Africa
Cathcart is located in Africa
 Cathcart shown within Eastern Cape
Coordinates: 32°18′S 27°08′E / 32.300°S 27.133°E / -32.300; 27.133Coordinates: 32°18′S 27°08′E / 32.300°S 27.133°E / -32.300; 27.133
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Amathole
Municipality Amahlathi
Established 1858[1]
 • Total 30.1 km2 (11.6 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 7,360
 • Density 240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 93.4%
 • Coloured 2.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 4.3%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • IsiXhosa 90.6%
 • English 4.5%
 • Afrikaans 3.1%
 • Other 1.8%
Postal code (street) 5310
PO box 5310
Area code 045

Cathcart is a town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, named after Sir George Cathcart, governor of the Cape of Good Hope 1852–1853.

The town is situated on the N6, just north of Stutterheim en route to Queenstown

Church of Saint Alban at Cathcart in the Eastern Cape South Africa on the road to Aliwal North.

Originally a small military post, established during the Eighth Frontier War, it was established as a village in 1858 when German colonists arrived in the region. Work on its railway connection to East London on the coast was begun by the Cape government of John Molteno in 1876 and the line was officially opened on 3 November 1879.[3]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20–26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii. 
  2. ^ a b c d Sum of the Subplaces Katikati SP, Daliwe SP, Carthcart SP and Rocklands from Census 2011.
  3. ^ Burman, Jose (1984), Early Railways at the Cape. Cape Town: Human & Rousseau, p.83. ISBN 0-7981-1760-5

External links[edit]

Media related to Cathcart at Wikimedia Commons