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  • 16,869

  • 4,603

  • 6,8%

  • 47,5%

  • 84,8%

  • 67,1%

Colesberg was first named Toverberg when it was established in 1830, after a nearby hill, but then renamed after Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole (1772-1842), Governor of the Cape Colony from 1828 to 1833. (GPS coordinates: 30.7301 S, 25.0933 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 population16,869
Young (0-14)31,5%
Working Age (15-64)63%
Elderly (65+)5,5%
Dependency ratio58,7
Sex ratio93,9
Population density96 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+16%
Higher education aged 20+6,8%
Matric aged 20+27%
Number of households4,603
Average household size3,6
Female headed households45,1%
Formal dwellings83,8%
Housing owned/paying off62,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage67,1%
Weekly refuse removal82,5%
Piped water inside dwelling47,5%
Electricity for lighting84,8%

Place names

Umsobomvu Municipality