Uitenhage - a neighbouring town to Port Elizabeth

In 1804, JA Uitenhage de Mist, Commissioner-General of the Batavian Republic, instructed Captain Alberti to select a site for the new Drostdy (Eastern Cape District). Alberti chose a site on the banks of the Zwartkops River Valley, because of the favourable climate and abundant water supply. As a result, Uitenhage (also known as the Garden Town) was originally the headquarters of the Eastern Cape.

Located only 35 km from Port Elizabeth, today Uitenhage is a thriving industrial and commercial town and forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. Uitenhage is home to Volkswagen of South Africa (Pty) Ltd, one of three motor manufacturers in the Eastern Cape. The surrounding area also encompasses the pristine Groendal Wilderness Area, that provides a host of eco-outdoor activities. Enoch Sontonga – Distinguished Son of Uitenhage (1872 – 1905) Enoch Mankayi Sontonga was the man who wrote and composed Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. Born in ca. 1872 in Uitenhage, Sontonga was from the Mpinga clan of the Xhosa nation. He wrote the first verse and chorus of Nkosi Sikelel’ and also composed the music in 1897. It was first sung in public in 1899. In 1994 it became part of South Africa’s national anthem.

Cuyler Manor Museum

Posted by PE Travel Blogger on Tue November 4, 2014 in Uitenhage - a neighbouring town to Port Elizabeth.

The Cuyler Manor Museum forms part of the Uitenhage Museum and is a Cape Dutch style house that has been brought back to life, showing off period furniture and giving visitors the illusion of stepping back in time.

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Old Railway Station Museum

Posted by PE Travel Blogger on Tue November 4, 2014 in Uitenhage - a neighbouring town to Port Elizabeth.

The Old Railway Station in Museum is an absolute must-see for locomotive enthusiasts. It is reputed to be one of the oldest railway stations in South Africa.

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