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Riviersonderend is located in Western Cape
 Riviersonderend shown within Western Cape
Riviersonderend is located in South Africa
Riviersonderend (South Africa)
Riviersonderend is located in Africa
Riviersonderend (Africa)
Coordinates: 34°09′01″S 19°54′52″E / 34.15028°S 19.91444°E / -34.15028; 19.91444Coordinates: 34°09′01″S 19°54′52″E / 34.15028°S 19.91444°E / -34.15028; 19.91444
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Overberg
Municipality Theewaterskloof
Established 1923
 • Total 5.57 km2 (2.15 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 5,245
 • Density 940/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 12.6%
 • Coloured 75.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.5%
 • White 10.9%
 • Other 0.6%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 86.5%
 • Xhosa 8.3%
 • English 3.1%
 • Other 2.1%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Postal code (street) 7250
PO box 7250
Area code 028

Riviersonderend is a village in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa, about 140 kilometres (87 mi) east of Cape Town. It is located on a loop of the Sonderend River, from which it takes its name. In the census of 2011 it was recorded as having a population of 5,245.[1] The N2 national road passes through Riviersonderend, forming its main street; it is 161 kilometres (100 mi) by road from central Cape Town.[2][3]


The village was established in 1923, when Edith S V McIntyre sold her farm, Tierhoek, to the local Dutch Reformed church council for 6000 pounds. First known as "Rivier Zonder End" (Dutch for "river without end"), the name later changed to the Afrikaans "Riviersonderend".[3]

The name itself was originally a literal translation of the Khoi-khoi name "Kannakamkanna" ("river without end").[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Main Place Riviersonderend". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "riviersonderend". tourismcapetown. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Welcome to Riviersonderend !!!". riviersonderend.co.za. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.tanap.net/content/activities/documents/resolutions_Cape_of_Good_Hope/introduction_english/38.htm

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