Founded in 1849, Whittlesea was as a military outpost created to protect white settlers during the Frontier War of 1850-1853. The town was named after Whittlesea in Cambridgeshire, birthplace of Sir Harry Smith (1787-1860), Governor of the Cape Colony from 1847 to 1852.
Whittlesea is a semi-rural town situated in the Hewu district, 37 km south of Queenstown, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. The town is made up townships of Ekuphumleni, Bhede, Extension 4, Extension 5 and Sada. Surrounding Whittlesea are 36 villages which make up the Hewu (meaning “flat land’ in Xhosa) district.
Key Statistics 2011
|Working Age (15-64)||61,5%|
|Population density||960 persons/km2|
|No schooling aged 20+||9,6%|
|Higher education aged 20+||11,5%|
|Matric aged 20+||22,4%|
|Number of households||4,051|
|Average household size||3,6|
|Female headed households||53,1%|
|Housing owned/paying off||55,7%|
|Flush toilet connected to sewerage||96,9%|
|Weekly refuse removal||68,9%|
|Piped water inside dwelling||89,6%|
|Electricity for lighting||97,8%|