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Merweville is located in Western Cape
Merweville is located in South Africa
Merweville is located in Africa
 Merweville shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 32°40′S 21°31′E / 32.667°S 21.517°E / -32.667; 21.517Coordinates: 32°40′S 21°31′E / 32.667°S 21.517°E / -32.667; 21.517
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Central Karoo
Municipality Beaufort West
 • Total 32.59 km2 (12.58 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,592
 • Density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 9.3%
 • Coloured 78.1%
 • Indian/Asian 2.6%
 • White 8.9%
 • Other 1.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 95.0%
 • Zulu 1.4%
 • Other 3.6%
PO box 6940
Area code 023

Merweville is a town located in Beaufort West Municipality, Western Cape.

Village 45 km north-west of Prince Albert Road and 130 km south-east of Beaufort West. It was established on the farm Vanderbylskraal in 1904 and administered by a village management board from 1921. Named after the Reverend P van der Merwe (1860-1940), minister at Beaufort West of the Dutch Reformed Church, and chairman of the church council which established the town.[2]

The town is an isolated community that maintains an old-world charm, about 150 km from Beaufort West. The surrounding region has been likened to that of Nevada or Arizona. It was one of the few towns or villages in the province not to be serviced by a sealed highway until the 40 km stretch of gravel road from the N1 was tarred in 2015.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Merweville". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 306. 

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