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Old Hofmeyr town hall built in 1907
Old Hofmeyr town hall built in 1907
Hofmeyr is located in Eastern Cape
Hofmeyr is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 31°38′S 25°48′E / 31.633°S 25.800°E / -31.633; 25.800Coordinates: 31°38′S 25°48′E / 31.633°S 25.800°E / -31.633; 25.800
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceEastern Cape
DistrictChris Hani
 • TypeWard 5
 • CouncillorGredwill Van Heerden (African National Congress)
 • Total16.9 km2 (6.5 sq mi)
 • Total3,680 (Hofmeyr 326, Luxolweni 3,354)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African80.3%
 • Coloured15.8%
 • Indian/Asian0.4%
 • White3.2%
 • Other0.2%
First languages (2011)
 • Xhosa78.3%
 • Afrikaans18.2%
 • English1.5%
 • Other2.0%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code048

Hofmeyr is a small Karoo town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, 20 km west of the Bamboesberg mountain range. It lies 64 km north-east of Cradock at an altitude of 1,252 metres. According to the 2011 census, the population of Hofmeyr proper is about 326 persons and the neighbouring township of Luxolweni is about 3354. In former times it lay at the centre of a flourishing sheep-farming district and managed some salt pans 10 km to its west.

Founded in 1873, the town was initially named Maraisburg. To avoid confusion with the Gauteng area of Maraisburg it was renamed Hofmeyr in 1911 [2] in honour of Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr (Onze Jan),[3] a campaigner for the equal treatment of Afrikaans and English and a prominent figure in the Eerste Taalbeweging.

The Hofmeyr Skull, belonging to a 36,000 year old anatomically modern human, was found in 1952 in the dry wash of the Vlekpoort River just outside Hofmeyr.


  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Hofmeyr and Luxolweni from Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Journal of the Australasian Universities Modern Language Association". Journal of the Australasian Universities Modern Language Association: 24. 2006.
  3. ^ Raper 1989, p. 212.