Middledrift, Eastern Cape
Landscape near Middledrift
|• Total||1.84 km2 (0.71 sq mi)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,000/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||95.9%|
|First languages (2011)|
|• Sign language||1.0%|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
|Postal code (street)|
Middledrift (also Middeldrift or Middeldrif) was a small town located 90 kilometres (60 mi) north-west of East London in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is situated in Raymond Mhlaba Municipality in Amathole District in an area that was formerly part of the Ciskei.
Town on the Keiskamma River, 45 km west-north-west of King William's Town and 16 km east-south-east of Alice. It was founded in 1853 and laid out in 1882. At first known as Beaconsfield, it was renamed after its situation at a ford (Dutch: drift) between two others.Due to corruption and mismanagement of funds it has become a wasteland and most of the residents nearby have to travel to Alice for shopping and services.
- "Main Place Middledrift". Census 2011.
- "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 309.