Williston, Northern Cape

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Williston is located in Northern Cape
Williston is located in South Africa
Williston is located in Africa
 Williston shown within Northern Cape
Coordinates: 31°21′S 20°55′E / 31.350°S 20.917°E / -31.350; 20.917Coordinates: 31°21′S 20°55′E / 31.350°S 20.917°E / -31.350; 20.917
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District Namakwa
Municipality Karoo Hoogland
 • Councillor (ANC)
 • Total 77.95 km2 (30.10 sq mi)
Elevation 1,070 m (3,510 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 3,368
 • Density 43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 5.6%
 • Coloured 83.6%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 9.4%
 • Other 0.7%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 96.2%
 • Xhosa 1.3%
 • English 1.2%
 • Other 1.3%
Postal code (street) 8920
PO box 8920
Area code 053

Williston is a town in Northern Cape, South Africa. Town 103 km north-east of Calvinia and 140 km south-west of Carnarvon.


Williston was originally known as Amandelboom (literally "almond tree") due to the presence of a large almond tree planted in 1768 by Johan Abraham Nel to honour his son's birth. By the time a station was founded at the site by Rhenish mission under Johann Heinrich Lutz in[2] 1845 the tree had grown into a significant landmark in the dry and largely treeless area. A town grew around the station and it was declared a municipality in 1881. It was renamed in 1919 after Colonel Hampden Willis, Colonial Secretary in 1883.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Williston". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Williston". Northern Cape Tourism Authority. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 475. 
  4. ^ "Sutherland Karoo South Africa". Sutherland Information. Retrieved 2007-03-12.