Motherwell, Eastern Cape

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Motherwell is located in Eastern Cape
Motherwell is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 33°48′14″S 25°34′48″E / 33.804°S 25.580°E / -33.804; 25.580Coordinates: 33°48′14″S 25°34′48″E / 33.804°S 25.580°E / -33.804; 25.580
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceEastern Cape
MunicipalityNelson Mandela Bay
 • Total25.86 km2 (9.98 sq mi)
 • Total140,351
 • Density5,400/km2 (14,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African99.2%
 • Coloured0.3%
 • Indian/Asian0.1%
 • White0.1%
 • Other0.4%
First languages (2011)
 • Xhosa93.1%
 • English2.9%
 • Other4.0%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box

Motherwell is a township in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality which is the metropolitan area comprising Port Elizabeth, Despatch, Uitenhage and other surrounding towns.


Motherwell was planned to accommodate the black squatters who were relocated from Zwide and Veeplaas, and construction began in 1984.[2] It is the largest settlement in terms of population and land area in Port Elizabeth.


Motherwell is about 25 km north of Port Elizabeth's city centre and is situated on the northern outskirts of the city's metropolitan area.[3]

It is separated into blocks called "NU"s [Neighboring Units] (e.g.NU5 or NU8) With NU 5,6,7 having the most expensive houses from 1 to 13, then 29.

Neighbouring communities include Brickfields in the west and Markman in the north-west. Further but nearby communities include Amsterdamhoek, Bluewater Bay, Swartkops, St Georges Strand and Coega.


Motherwell has a number of public schools, both at primary and secondary level. It also has a clinic; a day hospital; library; numerous public parks; community centers.


Retailers such as Shoprite; Spar; Boxer Superstores; PEP, and national restaurant chains Debonairs; Steers; Kentucky Fried Chicken; and Chesa Nyama also have a presence in Motherwell.

National Commercial Banks Standard Bank (founded in Port Elizabeth); ABSA; Capitec Bank; First National Bank; and Nedbank have branches and multiple ATMs available.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Motherwell". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Motherwell Urban Renewal Programme". Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  3. ^ "distance between Port Elizabeth and Motherwell - Google Search". Retrieved 2020-07-08.