Mount Ayliff

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Mount Ayliff
Mount Ayliff is located in Eastern Cape
Mount Ayliff
Mount Ayliff
Mount Ayliff is located in South Africa
Mount Ayliff
Mount Ayliff
Mount Ayliff is located in Africa
Mount Ayliff
Mount Ayliff
 Mount Ayliff shown within Eastern Cape
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
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Alfred Nzo
Municipality Umzimvubu
 • Total 3.32 km2 (1.28 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 5,367
 • Density 1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 98.2%
 • Coloured 0.8%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 0.4%
 • Other 0.3%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Xhosa 91.5%
 • English 2.9%
 • Zulu 1.4%
 • Other 4.2%
Postal code (street) 4735
PO box 4735
Area code 039

Mount Ayliff 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]

Mount Ayliff 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 Mount Ayliff. The Xesibe (one of the Xhosa groups) was led by Chief Jojo; Jojo today is the royal family and still the leading family in Mount Ayliff.

1999 tornado[edit]

On the 18th January 1999 a number of tornadoes hit the town and surrounding areas. Twenty five people were killed and over five hundred 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 (2014-11-24). "Top 5 worst tornadoes in South African history". Newcastle Advertiser. Retrieved 2017-03-03.