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Graafwater is located in Western Cape
Graafwater is located in South Africa
Graafwater is located in Africa
 Graafwater shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 32°9′S 18°36′E / 32.150°S 18.600°E / -32.150; 18.600Coordinates: 32°9′S 18°36′E / 32.150°S 18.600°E / -32.150; 18.600
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District West Coast
Municipality Cederberg
Established 1920
 • Total 1.88 km2 (0.73 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 2,261
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 2.3%
 • Coloured 83.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 14.2%
 • Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 97.4%
 • English 1.2%
 • Other 1.5%
Postal code (street) 8120
PO box 8120
Area code 027

Graafwater is a town in the Sandveld in the Western Cape province of South Africa situated 300 km from Cape Town, about halfway between Clanwilliam and Lamberts Bay. Graafwater is the Afrikaans term for "water from a spade" referring to the Afrikaans farming culture found in South Africa at the time of establishment. It is located in the Cederberg Municipality.

Graafwater is often divided into Graafwater North and Graafwater South.

After the railway junction between Cape Town and Bitterfontein was built in 1910, the town Graafwater was established. The local Dutch Reformed Church of Leipoldtville developed the town further. The Graafwater Dutch Reformed church formed its own congregation after a few years.

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