Queenstown will now be known as Komani, and that is official. Queenstown is a town on the Komani River, 205 km north-west of East London. It was laid out in 1853 and attained municipal status in 1855. Named after Queen Victoria of England. Queenstown is located in the middle of the Eastern Cape Province. It is one of the view rural towns in this province that is expanding all the time. It is currently the commercial, administrative and educational centre of the surrounding farming district.

Interesting that the Enoch Mgijima LM still have it listed as Queenstown and not Komani.  http://www.enochmgijima.org.za

The Municipality is made up of the following urban nodes:


The layout of the town reflects its original objective as a defensive stronghold for the frontier area and has a most unusual design. There is a central hexagonal area where canon or rifle fire could be directed down six thoroughfares radiating from the centre. The canon sites have now been replaced with gardens and a central fountain was the dominant feature. A striking abstract sculpture replaced the fountain as part of the town’s 150th anniversary.

Key Statistics 2011

Total population 43,971
Young (0-14) 26,9%
Working Age (15-64) 68,8%
Elderly (65+) 4,3%
Dependency ratio 45,3
Sex ratio 89,3
Population density 650 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+ 2,8%
Higher education aged 20+ 20,2%
Matric aged 20+ 29,4%
Number of households 11,206
Average household size 3,3
Female headed households 46,4%
Formal dwellings 91,3%
Housing owned/paying off 61,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage 89,1%
Weekly refuse removal 85,4%
Piped water inside dwelling 81,2%
Electricity for lighting 88,5%


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