Porterville, Western Cape
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.
|• Total||7.98 km2 (3.08 sq mi)|
|• Density||880/km2 (2,300/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||1.6%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
|Postal code (street)|
6810, 6811, 6812
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.
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".
Things to do
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.
- Pieter Grobbelaar, South African World War II military commander was born in Porterville.
- Andrew Beerwinkel, South African rugby union player grew up in Porterville.
- "Main Place Porterville". Census 2011.
- "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 372.
- , Census 2001 — Main Place "Porterville"