Main Place

Mossel Bay

Quick Fact ......
  • 29,887

  • 9,033

  • 17,2%

  • 85,5%

  • 98,6%

  • 97%

Mossel Bay was originally named Aliwal, but was renamed Mosselbaai in 1601 by the Dutch navigator Paulus van Caerden because mussels (Dutch: mossels) were all he could find to replenish the ship's food stores. (GPS coordinates: 34.1859 S, 22.0932 E).

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  • Raper PE. 2004. New dictionary of South African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population29,887
Young (0-14)19,9%
Working Age (15-64)67,4%
Elderly (65+)12,7%
Dependency ratio48,4
Sex ratio91,2
Population density813 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+1,9%
Higher education aged 20+17,2%
Matric aged 20+38,7%
Number of households9,033
Average household size3,1
Female headed households34,4%
Formal dwellings96,5%
Housing owned/paying off67%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage97%
Weekly refuse removal99,2%
Piped water inside dwelling85,5%
Electricity for lighting98,6%

Place names

Mossel Bay Municipality