Clanwilliam, Western Cape

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Dutch Reform Church building in Clanwilliam
Dutch Reform Church building in Clanwilliam
Clanwilliam is located in South Africa
 Clanwilliam shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 32°10′43″S 18°53′28″E / 32.17861°S 18.89111°E / -32.17861; 18.89111Coordinates: 32°10′43″S 18°53′28″E / 32.17861°S 18.89111°E / -32.17861; 18.89111
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District West Coast
Municipality Cederberg
Established 1806[1]
 • Total 15.27 km2 (5.90 sq mi)
Elevation 100 m (300 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 7,674
 • Density 500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 22.6%
 • Coloured 68.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 7.7%
 • Other 0.7%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Afrikaans 77.7%
 • Sotho 9.2%
 • Xhosa 7.8%
 • English 2.3%
 • Other 3.0%
Postal code (street) 8135
PO box 8135
Area code 027

Clanwilliam is a town in the Olifants River valley in the Western Cape, South Africa, about 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Cape Town. It is located in, and the seat of, the Cederberg Local Municipality. As of 2011 Clanwilliam had a population of 7,674.[2]

Clanwilliam is situated at an elevation of 100 metres (330 ft),[3] between the western slopes of the Cederberg mountains and the east bank of the Olifants River, which is impounded there by the Clanwilliam Dam. It is located just off the N7 national road, which runs from Cape Town to the Namibian border, and on the R364 road, which runs from Lamberts Bay to Calvinia. Clanwilliam is 230 kilometres (140 mi) from Cape Town by road.

Clanwilliam is the birthplace of ZP Theart, former lead vocalist, and founding member of the British power metal band DragonForce.

The Dutch Reform Church has been a scheduled national monument since 1973.[4] The mission there used to run a school where Harold Cressy once taught whilst studying to become the first coloured man to gain a degree in Cape Town.[5]


  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Main Place Clanwilliam". Census 2011. 
  3. ^ 3218BB Clanwilliam (Map) (3rd ed.). 1:50 000. South Africa Topographic. Chief Directorate: National Geo-spatial Information. 2003. 
  4. ^ Old Dutch Reform Church, SAHRA, retrieved 16 August 2014
  5. ^ Verwey, ed. by: E.J. (1995). New dictionary of South African biography (1st ed.). Pretoria: HSRC Publishers. p. 55. ISBN 0796916489. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 

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