Douglas, Northern Cape

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Douglas
Douglas suburbia
Douglas suburbia
Douglas is located in Northern Cape
Douglas
Douglas
Douglas is located in South Africa
Douglas
Douglas
Coordinates: 29°03′S 23°46′E / 29.050°S 23.767°E / -29.050; 23.767Coordinates: 29°03′S 23°46′E / 29.050°S 23.767°E / -29.050; 23.767
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceNorthern Cape
DistrictPixley ka Seme
MunicipalitySiyancuma
Area
 • Total86.42 km2 (33.37 sq mi)
Elevation
990 m (3,250 ft)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total20,083
 • Density230/km2 (600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African32.1%
 • Coloured58.3%
 • Indian/Asian0.8%
 • White8.0%
 • Other0.9%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans93.1%
 • Tswana2.3%
 • English1.5%
 • Other3.1%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
8730
PO box
8730
Area code053

Douglas is an agricultural and stock farming town situated near the confluence of the Orange and Vaal Rivers in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Notably the rural town has a diverse population, with mostly state institutions and the anchor private employer, GWK, an agricultural company.

Location[edit]

Douglas lies about 100km southwest of Kimberley the capital of the Northern Cape. These two are connected by the R357 road.

History[edit]

The town was founded in 1848 as a mission station on the farm Backhouse by the Reverend Isaac Hughes. In 1867, a group of Europeans from Griquatown signed an agreement giving them the right to establish a town. The town was named after General Sir Percy Douglas, Lieutenant Governor of the Cape Colony.

Notable people from Douglas[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Douglas". Census 2011.