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  • 10,259

  • 2,563

  • 5,7%

  • 27,7%

  • 70%

  • 70,2%

Hopetown was founded in 1853 or 1854 and is said to have been named after Major William Hope, Auditor-General and Acting Secretary of the Cape. However, there is a tradition linking the name of the town to an ornament in the shape of an anchor, which symbolises hope. The first diamond to be discovered in South Africa, called the Eureka, was found in Hopetown. (GPS coordinates: 29.6381 S, 24.0855 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 population10,259
Young (0-14)31,1%
Working Age (15-64)63,1%
Elderly (65+)5,8%
Dependency ratio58,4
Sex ratio98,6
Population density139 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+15,3%
Higher education aged 20+5,7%
Matric aged 20+18,5%
Number of households2,563
Average household size3,9
Female headed households39%
Formal dwellings69,9%
Housing owned/paying off56,3%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage70,2%
Weekly refuse removal78,7%
Piped water inside dwelling27,7%
Electricity for lighting70%

Place names

Thembelihle Municipality