Graafwater

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Graafwater
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Graafwater is located in Western Cape
Graafwater
Graafwater
Graafwater is located in South Africa
Graafwater
Graafwater
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
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
DistrictWest Coast
MunicipalityCederberg
Area
 • Total1.88 km2 (0.73 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total2,261
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African2.3%
 • Coloured83.1%
 • Indian/Asian0.2%
 • White14.2%
 • Other0.1%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans97.4%
 • English1.2%
 • Other1.5%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
8120
PO box
8120
Area code027

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 "digging for water" 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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References[edit]

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