Porterville, Western Cape

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Porterville
A collection of images from Porterville, Western Cape, South Africa. Top left: main church. Top right: A 'China Shop' located in the town. Left center: Historic town house on the main street. Bottom: A view of the town's main road.
A collection of images from Porterville, Western Cape, South Africa. Top left: main church. Top right: A 'China Shop' located in the town. Left center: Historic town house on the main street. Bottom: A view of the town's main road.
Porterville is located in Western Cape
Porterville
Porterville
Porterville is located in South Africa
Porterville
Porterville
Coordinates: 33°00′S 18°59′E / 33.000°S 18.983°E / -33.000; 18.983Coordinates: 33°00′S 18°59′E / 33.000°S 18.983°E / -33.000; 18.983
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
DistrictWest Coast
MunicipalityBergrivier
Area
 • Total7.98 km2 (3.08 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total7,057
 • Density880/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African1.6%
 • Coloured76.4%
 • Indian/Asian0.4%
 • White21.0%
 • Other0.6%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans96.0%
 • English1.9%
 • Other2.1%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
6810, 6811, 6812
PO box
6810
Area code022

Porterville is a town in the Western Cape province in South Africa.

Town at the foot of the Olifants River Mountains, 27 km south-east of Piketberg and 155 km north-east of Cape Town. It was laid out in 1863 on the farm Pomona, previously Willems Vallei, and became a municipality in 1903. It is situated 140 km north of Cape Town on R44 road at the base of the Olifants River mountains. Agriculture in the area is dominated by wheat production.

The town was established in 1863 and named after William Porter, Attorney General of the Cape Colony from 1839 to 1866.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
20015,864—    
20117,057+20.3%
[3][1]

According to the 2011 census, Porterville had a population of 7,057 people in 1,949 households. 96.0% of the residents speak Afrikaans as their first language, while 1.9% speak English and 2.1% speak some other language. 76.4% of residents identified themselves as "Coloured", 21.0% as "White" and 1.6% as "Black African".[1]

Things to do[edit]

An aerial photograph of Porterville, South Africa looking south with the R44 road running through the town. The Grootwinterhoek mountains can be seen in the distance on the left.

Porterville is the home of the Porterville Farmer's Market which is the town's main attraction on weekends. It is a community driven market that is only 1km outside of the little town and a great opportunity to get to meet the locals and enjoy yourself as a visitor.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Main Place Porterville". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 372.
  3. ^ [1], Census 2001 — Main Place "Porterville"