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Swartkops is located in Eastern Cape
Swartkops is located in South Africa
Swartkops is located in Africa
 Swartkops shown within Eastern Cape
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
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
Municipality Nelson Mandela Bay
Main Place Port Elizabeth
 • Total 0.59 km2 (0.23 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 883
 • Density 1,500/km2 (3,900/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 21.7%
 • Coloured 6.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.9%
 • White 70.9%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 60.7%
 • English 26.2%
 • Xhosa 10.3%
 • Sotho 1.7%
 • Other 1.1%
Postal code (street) 6210
PO box 6209
Area code 041

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]


  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.