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  • 29,143

  • 8,030

  • 13,8%

  • 85,6%

  • 88,1%

  • 86,1%

Oudtshoorn is named for Geesje von Oudtshoorn, granddaughter of Baron Pieter van Rheede van Oudtshoorn, Governor of the Cape in 1772-1773 and a wife of one Bergh, civil commissioner at George in the 1850's. It is well known as the centre of South Africa's ostrich industry. (GPS coordinates: 33.587 S, 22.2098 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 population29,143
Young (0-14)24,2%
Working Age (15-64)65,4%
Elderly (65+)10,4%
Dependency ratio52,9
Sex ratio92,4
Population density870 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+2,5%
Higher education aged 20+13,8%
Matric aged 20+36,8%
Number of households8,030
Average household size3,4
Female headed households33,3%
Formal dwellings87,5%
Housing owned/paying off57,9%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage86,1%
Weekly refuse removal88,4%
Piped water inside dwelling85,6%
Electricity for lighting88,1%

Place names

Oudtshoorn Municipality