Hopefield, Western Cape

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Hopefield
Hopefield Dutch Reformed Church
Hopefield Dutch Reformed Church
Hopefield is located in Western Cape
Hopefield
Hopefield
Hopefield is located in South Africa
Hopefield
Hopefield
Coordinates: 33°03′56″S 18°21′03″E / 33.06556°S 18.35083°E / -33.06556; 18.35083Coordinates: 33°03′56″S 18°21′03″E / 33.06556°S 18.35083°E / -33.06556; 18.35083
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
DistrictWest Coast
MunicipalitySaldanha Bay
Area
 • Total32.41 km2 (12.51 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total6,460
 • Density200/km2 (520/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African2.6%
 • Coloured81.5%
 • Indian/Asian0.5%
 • White14.4%
 • Other1.0%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans94.2%
 • English3.5%
 • Other2.3%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
7355
PO box
7355
Area code022

Hopefield is a settlement in West Coast District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa on the R45[2] between Malmesbury and Vredenburg.The town is east of Saldanha Bay and Langebaan, 40 km southeast of Vredenburg and 120 km north of Cape Town.

The Dutch Reformed congregation (Zoute Rivier) was established December 1851[3] and the town was founded in 1852 on the farm Langekuil, it became a municipality in 1914. Named after two people who laid it out, Major William Hope, Auditor-General, and a Mr Field.[4]

The Air Force Base Langebaanweg,[5] 22 km west of the town, as well as the West Coast Fossil park West Coast Fossil park 25km west from town, falls within town limits.

There are two schools in town, Hopefield Primary, presenting Gr 1-9 and Hopefield High,[6] presenting Gr R-12.

In earlier years, this now small town, was considered the capital of the West Coast, with banks, filling stations and a multiple other shops and businesses. The only access to the towns of Vredenburg, Langebaan and Saldanha was through Hopefield. With the re-routing of the R45 road, passing the town on the outside and the construction of the R27 (West Coast Road), the infrastructure of the town gradually shrunk away.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Hopefield". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Route 27 West Coast South Africa". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  3. ^ NG Kerk Hopefield. URL last visited on 26 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 215.
  5. ^ "Air Force Base Langebaanweg". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Welkom by Hoërskool Hopefield" (in Afrikaans). Retrieved 26 June 2016.