Enon, South Africa

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Coordinates: 33°23′53″S25°32′42″E / 33.398°S 25.545°E / -33.398; 25.545 Coordinates: 33°23′53″S25°32′42″E / 33.398°S 25.545°E / -33.398; 25.545
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Sarah Baartman
Municipality Sundays River Valley
  Total1.4 km2 (0.5 sq mi)
(2011) [1]
  Density1,500/km2 (4,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
   Black African 47.3%
   Coloured 51.9%
   Indian/Asian 0.1%
First languages (2011)
   Afrikaans 52.1%
   Xhosa 43.6%
   English 1.5%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box

Enon is a small town in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. It is named after the biblical place mentioned in John 3:23 [2] It lies 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) east of Kirkwood and 60 kilometres (37 mi) north-east of Uitenhage.

Eastern Cape Province of South Africa

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Enon (formerly known as Witterivier) was formed in 1818 by the Moravian Missionary Society on request of the Area Landdrost Jacob Glen Cuyler, [3] to serve as a buffer between the Xhosa, Tembu and Fingo tribes living outside the Cape Colony and the European farmers and towns inside the Cape Colony. [4] The land was granted to the Missionary Society in trust, to be administrated on behalf of the Cape Colony in the interests of residents of the missionary station. [5]

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Within the first 35 years of its inception it was caught in the middle of three Cape Frontier Wars and the First Anglo-Boer War, [6] and has been evacuated on three separate occasions. [7] [8] [9]

Enon is referred to in the 1840s by James Backhouse in his diary.

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In 1909 control of the town was ceded back to the Union of South Africa. [10] The governance of Enon currently falls under the Sundays River Valley Local Municipality.

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  1. 1 2 3 4 Sum of the Main Places Enon and Barsheba Census 2011.
  2. Raper 1989, p. 155.
  3. Temmers 1987, p. 3.
  4. de Boer & Temmers 1987, p. 3.
  5. Temmers 1987, p. 6.
  6. Temmers 1987, p. 23.
  7. Temmers 1987, p. 8.
  8. Temmers 1987, p. 10.
  9. Temmers 1987, p. 51.
  10. Temmers 1987, p. 16.


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