Main Place

Port Edward

Quick Fact
  • 4,409

  • 2,013

  • 24,5%

  • 93,2%

  • 98,1%

  • 60,3%

Port Edward was named after the Prince of Wales when the town was founded in 1924. The Prince of Wales after which the town was named later become King Edward VII. The site of the town has an interesting history: in 1552 the Portuguese ship Sao Joao ran aground on the beach, and in 1831 fleeing settlers where massacred by Zulu warriors, at a location on the beach which is now called Tragedy Hill. (GPS coordinates: 31.0302 S, 30.232 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 population4,409
Young (0-14)13,6%
Working Age (15-64)62,5%
Elderly (65+)23,9%
Dependency ratio60
Sex ratio97
Population density182 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+1,6%
Higher education aged 20+24,5%
Matric aged 20+43,1%
Number of households2,013
Average household size2,1
Female headed households35,4%
Formal dwellings96,8%
Housing owned/paying off59,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage60,3%
Weekly refuse removal92,7%
Piped water inside dwelling93,2%
Electricity for lighting98,1%

Place names

Hibiscus Coast Municipality