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  • 1,073

  • 496

  • 29,1%

  • 98,8%

  • 99,2%

  • 99,6%

Darling was first known as Groene Kloof. It was established in 1853 and named after Sir Charles Henry Darling, Lieutenant-Governor of the Cape from 1851 to 1854. During the Second World War various South African Air Force squadrons - who patrolled the South African coast for German U-Boats - were based in Darling. The area is well known for its wildflowers, and the town hosts the annual Darling Wildflower Show. (GPS coordinates: 33.3703 S, 18.3859 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 population1,073
Young (0-14)16,3%
Working Age (15-64)61,6%
Elderly (65+)22,1%
Dependency ratio62,3
Sex ratio86,9
Population density147 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+0,1%
Higher education aged 20+29,1%
Matric aged 20+46,9%
Number of households496
Average household size2,1
Female headed households32,3%
Formal dwellings98,2%
Housing owned/paying off63,6%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage99,6%
Weekly refuse removal99,4%
Piped water inside dwelling98,8%
Electricity for lighting99,2%

Place names

Swartland Municipality