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  • 4,659

  • 1,236

  • 3,1%

  • 79,9%

  • 97,7%

  • 87,9%

Zoar is 'Garden of the Lord' or 'wonderful garden', and as a name is taken from Genesis 13:10. The town was established in 1817 by the Southern African Mission Society, who were assisted in their work by Berlin Missionary Society from 1833. Later, the settlement was bought by a local farmer and the settlement's water diverted from the area. (GPS coordinates: 33.5232 S, 21.4629 E).

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  • Coombe E & Slingsby P. 2000. Beard Shaver's Bush: Place Names in the Cape. Baardskeerder.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population4,659
Young (0-14)30,4%
Working Age (15-64)62,7%
Elderly (65+)6,8%
Dependency ratio59,4
Sex ratio90,3
Population density95 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+5,5%
Higher education aged 20+3,1%
Matric aged 20+12,9%
Number of households1,236
Average household size3,8
Female headed households41,1%
Formal dwellings98,4%
Housing owned/paying off51,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage87,9%
Weekly refuse removal98%
Piped water inside dwelling79,9%
Electricity for lighting97,7%

Place names

Kannaland Municipality