Flagstaff, Eastern Cape

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Flagstaff is located in Eastern Cape
Flagstaff is located in South Africa
Flagstaff is located in Africa
 Flagstaff shown within Eastern Cape
Coordinates: 31°4′48″S 29°30′16″E / 31.08000°S 29.50444°E / -31.08000; 29.50444Coordinates: 31°4′48″S 29°30′16″E / 31.08000°S 29.50444°E / -31.08000; 29.50444
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District O.R.Tambo
Municipality Ingquza Hill
 • Type Ward 6
 • Councillor M. Didiza
 • Total 2.7 km2 (1.0 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 4,821
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 95.7%
 • Coloured 0.6%
 • Indian/Asian 1.2%
 • White 0.3%
 • Other 2.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • IsiXhosa 89.5%
 • English 3.2%
 • Sesotho 1.1%
 • Other 6.2%
Postal code (street) 4810
PO box 4810
Area code 039

Flagstaff is a town in the OR Tambo District Municipality of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa located some 80 km south-east of Kokstad and 45 km north of Lusikisiki. It is the seat of the Ingquza Hill Local Municipality.[2]

The town developed from a trading station established in 1877 and derives its name from the practice by the owners of hoisting a white flag on Sundays to indicate that the store was closed. For many years it served as a post of the Cape Mounted Rifles.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Subplaces Nkuluekweni SP and Flagstaff SP1 from Census 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 164.