View of Nieu-Bethesda
|Municipality||Dr Beyers Naudé|
|• Type||Ward 7|
|• Councillor||Arthur Ronald Knottcraig|
|• Total||34.05 km2 (13.15 sq mi)|
|• Density||45/km2 (120/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||25.1%|
|First languages (2011)|
Nieu-Bethesda (Dutch and Afrikaans for New Bethesda) is a village in the Eastern Cape at the foot of the Sneeuberge, approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) from Graaff Reinet. It was founded in 1875 as a church town, like many other Karoo villages, and attained municipal status in 1886. The name is of biblical origin (John 5:2-4) and means "place of flowing water".
Originally established as congregation of the Dutch Reformed Church on the farm Uitkyk in 1875, it became a municipality about 1886. It now falls within the Dr Beyers Naudé Local Municipality.
The town is also the focal point in Athol Fugard's play, "Road to Mecca".
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