Hopefield, Western Cape
Hopefield is a settlement in West Coast District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa on the R45 between Malmesbury and Vredenburg. The town is east of Saldanha Bay and Langebaan, 40 km (25 mi) southeast of Vredenburg and 120 km (75 mi) north of Cape Town.
|• Total||32.41 km2 (12.51 sq mi)|
|• Density||200/km2 (520/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||2.6%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (SAST)|
|Postal code (street)|
Hopefield is the oldest town on the Cape West Coast.
The Dutch Reformed congregation (Zoute Rivier) was established in December 1851 after farmers donated money towards its construction and the town was founded in 1852 on the farm Langekuil. It became a municipality in 1914., and was named after two people who laid it out, Major William Hope, Auditor-General, and a Mr Field.
The Air Force Base Langebaanweg, 22 km (14 mi) west of the town, as well as the West Coast Fossil park 25 km (16 mi) west from town, fall within town limits. Another important fossil locality, Elandsfontein, is found about 13 km (8.1 mi) southwest of Hopefield.
In earlier years Hopefield was considered the capital of the West Coast, with banks, filling stations and multiple other shops and businesses. The only access to the towns of Vredenburg, Langebaan and Saldanha was through Hopefield. With the re-routing of the R45 road away from the town, and the construction of the R27 (West Coast Road), the importance of the town gradually faded.
There are two schools in the town, Hopefield Primary, offering Grade 1-9, and Hopefield High, offering Grade R-12.
- "Main Place Hopefield". Census 2011.
- "Route 27 West Coast South Africa". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
- "Hopefield". West Coast Way. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
- NG Kerk Hopefield. URL last visited on 26 June 2016.
- "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 215.
- "Air Force Base Langebaanweg". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
- West Coast Fossil park
- "Elandsfontein". Encyclopædia Britannica.
- "Welkom by Hoërskool Hopefield" (in Afrikaans). Retrieved 26 June 2016.