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Coordinates: 33°19′S26°5′E / 33.317°S 26.083°E / -33.317; 26.083 Coordinates: 33°19′S26°5′E / 33.317°S 26.083°E / -33.317; 26.083
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Sarah Baartman
Municipality Makana
  Total4.7 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
(2011) [1]
  Density820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
   Black African 57.1%
   Coloured 40.9%
   Indian/Asian 0.3%
   White 1.2%
First languages (2011)
   Xhosa 51.9%
   Afrikaans 43.7%
   English 2.2%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code 042

Alicedale is a small settlement in Sarah Baartman District Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, situated on the banks of the Bushmans River.

Sarah Baartman District Municipality District municipality in Eastern Cape, South Africa

Sarah Baartman District Municipality is situated in the western part of the Eastern Cape province, covering an area of 58 242 square kilometres. The area of the district municipality includes nine local municipalities. The seat of Sarah Baartman is the city of Port Elizabeth, although Port Elizabeth is not itself in the district. The largest languages among the 388,201 people are Xhosa and Afrikaans.. The district code is DC10.

Eastern Cape Province of South Africa

The Eastern Cape is a province of South Africa. Its capital is Bhisho, but its two largest cities are Port Elizabeth and East London. It was formed in 1994 out of the Xhosa homelands or bantustans of Transkei and Ciskei, together with the eastern portion of the Cape Province. It is the landing place and home of the 1820 Settlers. The central and eastern part of the province is the traditional home of the Xhosa people.

South Africa Republic in the southernmost part of Africa

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and the 25th-largest country in the world by land area and, with over 57 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere. About 80 percent of South Africans are of Bantu ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages, nine of which have official status. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of Whites, Asian (Indian), and multiracial (Coloured) ancestry.


Railway History

Alicedale is a railway junction on the main railway line between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. From here a branch line leads to Grahamstown. The town was a railway training facility during the previous two centuries, from there the historical red facebrick building that now houses the reception of the resort hotel. The town was named for Mrs. Alice Slessor, [lower-alpha 1] the wife of the engineer in charge of construction of the railways. [3]

Johannesburg Place in Gauteng, South Africa

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and one of the 50 largest urban areas in the world. It is the provincial capital and largest city of Gauteng, which is the wealthiest province in South Africa. While Johannesburg is not one of South Africa's three capital cities, it is the seat of the Constitutional Court. The city is located in the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills and is the centre of large-scale gold and diamond trade.

Port Elizabeth Place in Eastern Cape, South Africa

Port Elizabeth or The Bay is one of the major cities in South Africa; it is situated in the Eastern Cape Province, 770 km (478 mi) east of Cape Town. The city, often shortened to PE and nicknamed "The Windy City", stretches for 16 kilometres (10 mi) along Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa. Port Elizabeth is the southernmost large city on the African continent, just farther south than Cape Town. Port Elizabeth was founded as a town in 1820 to house British settlers as a way of strengthening the border region between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa. It now forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, which has a population of over 1.3 million.

Frederick George Slessor was a British railway engineer who worked in England, India, South Africa, and continental Europe.

Buildings of interest

The nearest neighbouring towns are Riebeek East and Paterson, while Grahamstown lies 45 kilometres (28 mi) to the east.

Riebeek East Place in Eastern Cape, South Africa

Riebeek East is a village in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, set 42 km west of Grahamstown. It is located in a hilly area, in the midst of game and sheep farming regions. It was founded in 1842, and initially named Riebeek after Jan van Riebeeck, one year after the local church was built. It was erected on a part of the farm Mooimeisjesfontein, that was subdivided and sold by the subsequent voortrekker leader Piet Retief.

Paterson, Eastern Cape Place in Eastern Cape, South Africa

Paterson is a settlement in Sarah Baartman District Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The village is located some 80 kilometres north-west of Alexandria and 21 kilometres north of Ncanaha in the Eastern Cape.

Notes and references

  1. A number of sources including Raper assert that Alice Slessor's maiden name was Dale. This is incorrect, the record of their marriage at St John's Church in the Parish of Paddington, on 10 September 1867 [2] clearly indicates that Alice's name was Malton and that she was a spinster at the time of her marriage.
  1. 1 2 3 4 Sum of the Main Places Alicedale and KwaNonzwakazi from Census 2011.
  2. "Frederick Slessor and Alice Malton" . England & Wales marriages 1837-2008 Transcription. 1867. Retrieved 8 October 2014 via Findmypast.
  3. Raper, P. E. (1989). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Jonathan Ball Publishers. p. 56. ISBN   978-0-947464-04-2 via Internet Archive.
  4. "St Barnabas's Church - Alicedale". Retrieved 29 March 2015.

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