Swartkops

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Swartkops
Swartkops is located in Eastern Cape
Swartkops
Swartkops
Swartkops is located in South Africa
Swartkops
Swartkops
Coordinates: 33°52′31″S 25°36′17″E / 33.8752°S 25.6048°E / -33.8752; 25.6048Coordinates: 33°52′31″S 25°36′17″E / 33.8752°S 25.6048°E / -33.8752; 25.6048
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceEastern Cape
MunicipalityNelson Mandela Bay
Main PlacePort Elizabeth
Area
 • Total0.59 km2 (0.23 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total883
 • Density1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African21.7%
 • Coloured6.5%
 • Indian/Asian0.9%
 • White70.9%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans60.7%
 • English26.2%
 • Xhosa10.3%
 • Sotho1.7%
 • Other1.1%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
6210
PO box
6209
Area code041

Swartkops is a town in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

The town is on the Swartkops River, 11 km north of Port Elizabeth and 1,6 km from the Indian Ocean. Swartkops means "black hills" in Afrikaans, and the name is said to refer to surrounding hillocks crested with dark shadows.[2]

A railway junction was built here by the Cape Government Railways in 1872, to service the lines being constructed to Grahamstown and Alicedale in the east, Port Elizabeth to the south, and Uitenhage to the west.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Swartkops". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 424.
  3. ^ Burman, Jose (1984), Early Railways at the Cape, Cape Town: Human & Rousseau. ISBN 0-7981-1760-5.