Mount Ayliff

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EmaXesibeni is located in Eastern Cape
EmaXesibeni is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 30°48′33″S 29°22′01″E / 30.80917°S 29.36694°E / -30.80917; 29.36694Coordinates: 30°48′33″S 29°22′01″E / 30.80917°S 29.36694°E / -30.80917; 29.36694
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceEastern Cape
DistrictAlfred Nzo
 • Total3.32 km2 (1.28 sq mi)
 • Total5,367
 • Density1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African98.2%
 • Coloured0.8%
 • Indian/Asian0.4%
 • White0.4%
 • Other0.3%
First languages (2011)
 • Xhosa91.5%
 • English2.9%
 • Zulu1.4%
 • Other4.2%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code039

EmaXesibeni is a small town in the eastern Eastern Cape province of South Africa, near that province's border with KwaZulu-Natal. In the census of 2011, its population was recorded as being 5,367 people, of whom 98% described themselves as "Black African", and 91.5% spoke Xhosa as their first language.[2]

EmaXesibeni is located in the Umzimvubu Local Municipality, which is part of the Alfred Nzo District Municipality; it is the location of the headquarters of the latter.[3]

Xesibeland, the traditional region of the Xesibe people, was located around EmaXesibeni. The Xesibe was led by Chief Jojo; Jojo today is the royal family and still the leading family in EmaXesibeni.

1999 tornado[edit]

On 18 January 1999 a number of tornadoes hit the town and surrounding areas. Twenty five people were killed and over five hundred thousand were injured; the tornadoes destroyed around 95% of the homes in the area leaving most people homeless making it the most destructive tornado recorded in South Africa.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Mount Ayliff". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Mount Ayliff". Census 2001. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Contact information: Alfred Nzo District Municipality". Government Communication and Information System. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  4. ^ Cowan, Kyle (24 November 2014). "Top 5 worst tornadoes in South African history". Newcastle Advertiser. Retrieved 3 March 2017.