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For the town in KwaZulu-Natal, see Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.
Ladismith is located in Western Cape
 Ladismith shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 33°29′S 21°16′E / 33.483°S 21.267°E / -33.483; 21.267Coordinates: 33°29′S 21°16′E / 33.483°S 21.267°E / -33.483; 21.267
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Eden
Municipality Kannaland
Established 1852
 • Total 25.8 km2 (10.0 sq mi)
Elevation 540 m (1,770 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 7,127
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 6.4%
 • Coloured 81.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 11.5%
 • Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 95.7%
 • English 1.9%
 • Other 2.4%
Postal code (street) 6655
PO box 6655
Area code 028

Ladismith is a town and agricultural centre in the western Klein Karoo region of South Africa's Western Cape province. In 1852 the farm Elandsvlei was set aside for the town, and it became a municipality in 1862. It was named after Lady Juana María Smith.[2]

It is situated adjacent to a series of fertile, irrigated valleys, at an altitude of 550 m above sealevel, at the southern base of the Swartberg. It is currently included in the southern Kannaland Local Municipality. The nearest towns are Calitzdorp to the east, Vanwyksdorp and Riversdale to the south and Laingsburg to the north.


  1. ^ a b c d Sum of the Main Places Ladismith and Nissenville from Census 2011.
  2. ^ Raper, P.E. (2004). South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball, Jhb & Cape Town. p. 199. ISBN 1-86842-190-2. 

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