Main Place

Bushmans River

Quick Fact
  • 6,147

  • 2,096

  • 8,5%

  • 26,5%

  • 80,4%

  • 31,3%

Bushmans River is situated on the banks of the river which carries the same name. It was established in 1897 when farmers from the interior were given permission by the Department of Forestry to camp along the banks of the river during the holiday period. Land leases were made available in the early 1900s. The Xhosa name for the river is Qhorha, adapted from the Khoikhoi name Cougha which means 'hippopotamus river'. (GPS coordinates: 33.6761 S, 26.6254 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 population6,147
Young (0-14)26%
Working Age (15-64)65,7%
Elderly (65+)8,3%
Dependency ratio52,3
Sex ratio92,8
Population density388 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+12,7%
Higher education aged 20+8,5%
Matric aged 20+14,8%
Number of households2,096
Average household size2,9
Female headed households42,8%
Formal dwellings74%
Housing owned/paying off47,1%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage31,3%
Weekly refuse removal86,8%
Piped water inside dwelling26,5%
Electricity for lighting80,4%

Place names

Ndlambe Municipality