Gouda, Western Cape

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Gouda
A skyline of the town of Gouda in the Western Cape, South Africa.  Part of the Gouda Wind Farm can be seen to the far right of the picture.
A skyline of the town of Gouda in the Western Cape, South Africa. Part of the Gouda Wind Farm can be seen to the far right of the picture.
Gouda is located in Western Cape
Gouda
Gouda
Gouda is located in South Africa
Gouda
Gouda
Gouda is located in Africa
Gouda
Gouda
 Gouda shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°18′S 19°02′E / 33.300°S 19.033°E / -33.300; 19.033Coordinates: 33°18′S 19°02′E / 33.300°S 19.033°E / -33.300; 19.033
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Cape Winelands
Municipality Drakenstein
Area[1]
 • Total 7.65 km2 (2.95 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,441
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 8.5%
 • Coloured 90.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 1.3%
 • Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 90.7%
 • Xhosa 4.9%
 • English 1.6%
 • Other 2.8%
PO box 6821
Area code 023

Gouda is a settlement in Cape Winelands District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

The town lies some 38km south of Porterville, 14km west of Tulbagh and 61km north-west of Worcester. Prior to 1929, it was known as Porterville Road. Of Khoekhoen origin, the name Gouda is said to mean ‘antelope’. Another possible translation is ‘honey path’, ‘honey defile’.[2] It is unrelated to the Dutch city of the same name.

The 138 MW Gouda Wind Farm, opened in September 2015, is situated just outside the town.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Gouda". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 184. 
  3. ^ Gosling, Melanie (9 September 2015). "Another wind farm joins the grid". Cape Times. Retrieved 12 September 2015.