Bethelsdorp is a small town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, 20 km north-west of Port Elizabeth. Established in 1803 by Rev. J. T. van der Kemp on the farm Roodepas of Theunis Botha as a mission station of the London Missionary Society. The name is derived from the Hebrew word Baitheel, meaning ‘House of God’

Bethelsdorp is part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality which is a Category A municipality, established on 5 December 2000. Nelson Mandela Bay was the first city in South Africa to establish a fully integrated democratic local authority and the only city in the world named after Nelson Mandela, who was born and spent his formative years in the Eastern Cape.
Nelson Mandela Bay is a major seaport and automotive manufacturing centre located on the south-eastern coast of Africa. It is the economic powerhouse of the Eastern Cape Province and one of eight metropolitan areas in South Africa. Its boundaries are formed by Cassie Mountain View in the north, Cape Recife in the south, Sundays River Mouth in the east, and Van Stadens River Mouth in the west.
The city is a holiday hot spot for both national and international tourists. The predominant languages spoken are English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.

Area: 1 957km²

Cities/Towns: Bethelsdorp is located in the same municipality as Bloemendal, Blue Horizon Bay, Clarendon Marine, Despatch, KwaNobuhle, Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, Summerstrand, Swartkops and Uitenhage.

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Key Statistics 2011

Total population 182,012
Young (0-14) 29,1%
Working Age (15-64) 67,2%
Elderly (65+) 3,6%
Dependency ratio 48,7
Sex ratio 92,9
Population density 4971 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+ 2,8%
Higher education aged 20+ 4,4%
Matric aged 20+ 26,9%
Number of households 45,972
Average household size 3,9
Female headed households 42,5%
Formal dwellings 76,7%
Housing owned/paying off 59,2%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage 78%
Weekly refuse removal 71,8%
Piped water inside dwelling 66,4%
Electricity for lighting 81,2%