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Dimbaza is located in Eastern Cape
Dimbaza is located in South Africa
Dimbaza is located in Africa
 Dimbaza shown within Eastern Cape
Coordinates: 32°50′7″S 27°12′57″E / 32.83528°S 27.21583°E / -32.83528; 27.21583Coordinates: 32°50′7″S 27°12′57″E / 32.83528°S 27.21583°E / -32.83528; 27.21583
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
Municipality Buffalo City
 • Total 17.28 km2 (6.67 sq mi)
Elevation 580 m (1,900 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 21,783
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 99.4%
 • Coloured 0.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • Other 0.3%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Xhosa 91.6%
 • English 5.1%
 • Other 3.3%
Postal code (street) 5671
PO box 5671
Area code 040

Dimbaza is a town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, located in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of King William's Town on the R63 road. As of 2011, it had a population of 21,783.[2]

It was created during the mid- and late 1960s in the former Ciskei homeland to house Black people who had been removed from "white" areas for living there "illegally".[citation needed] The concrete houses consisted of two or three rooms; sanitation facilities were non-existent. The lucky individuals could obtain employment in King William's Town, paying roughly a quarter of their gross income on transportation.[citation needed]

Between the abject poverty, and active negligence by the South African government, the town became a symbol of apartheid, and the subject of the 1975 documentary Last Grave at Dimbaza.

The town's original name[clarification needed] was changed, due to the inability of the Special Branch to pronounce it correctly.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Dimbaza". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Main Place 'Dimbaza'". Census 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 

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