Riebeek East

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Riebeek East

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Riebeek East
Coordinates: 33°12′S26°09′E / 33.200°S 26.150°E / -33.200; 26.150 Coordinates: 33°12′S26°09′E / 33.200°S 26.150°E / -33.200; 26.150
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Sarah Baartman
Municipality Makana
  Total22.46 km2 (8.67 sq mi)
(2011) [1]
  Density34/km2 (87/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
   Black African 65.9%
   Coloured 26.6%
   Indian/Asian 0.1%
   White 7.3%
First languages (2011)
   Xhosa 63.8%
   Afrikaans 32.3%
   English 2.9%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box

Riebeek East (Afrikaans : 'Riebeek-Oos') 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. [2] It was erected on a part of the farm Mooimeisjesfontein, [3] that was subdivided and sold by the subsequent voortrekker leader Piet Retief.

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.

Grahamstown Place in Eastern Cape, South Africa

Makhanda is a town of about 70,000 people in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is situated about 110 kilometres (70 mi) northeast of Port Elizabeth and 130 kilometres (80 mi) southwest of East London. Makhanda is the largest town in the Makana Local Municipality, and the seat of the municipal council. It also hosts Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape Division of the High Court, The South African Library for the Blind (SALB) and a diocese of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and 6 South African Infantry Battalion. The name change to Makhanda was officially gazetted on 29 June 2018.

Jan van Riebeeck Dutch colonial governor

Johan Anthoniszoon "Jan" van Riebeeck was a Dutch navigator and colonial administrator who arrived in Cape Town in what then became the Dutch Cape Colony of the Dutch East India Company.

A settlement appeared around the church congregation after it was established here in 1830 by the Dutch Reformed Church. [4] Since 1826 the local farmers applied to the colonial government to form a local congregation, as they previously had to travel to Uitenhage, 130 km distant, to attend communion services. [4]

The Dutch Reformed Church was the largest Christian denomination in the Netherlands from the onset of the Protestant Reformation until 1930. It was the foremost Protestant denomination, and—since 1892—one of the two major Reformed denominations along with the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands.

Uitenhage Place in Eastern Cape, South Africa

Uitenhage is a South African town in the Eastern Cape Province. It is well known for the Volkswagen factory located there, which is the biggest car factory on the African continent. Along with the city of Port Elizabeth and the small town of Despatch, it forms the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality.

Retief's farm house is situated just east of the village, and has been declared a National heritage site. [4]

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  2. Riebeek East, African Nights , retrieved 26 Jan 2011[ permanent dead link ]
  3. Raper, R.E. (1987). "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names". Human Research Council. p. 383. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  4. 1 2 3 Riebeek East, Adventure Province , retrieved 26 Jan 2011