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About Queenstown

Queenstown, Eastern Cape


named after Queen Victoria, is a town in the middle of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, roughly half way between the smaller towns of Cathcart and Sterkstroom. It is currently the commercial, administrative, and educational centre of the prosperous surrounding farming district. The nickname of the town, 'Rose Capital of South Africa', comes from the large gardens and open places for flowers (especially roses) in and around town.

The city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Queenstown. Churches of all faith denominations are to be found in and around Queenstown.



Komani (Popularly known as KuKomani)

Queenstown City Hall
Queenstown City Hall
Nickname(s): Rose Capital of South Africa





The town was founded in early 1853 under the direction of Sir George Cathcart, who named the settlement, and then fort, after Queen Victoria. Work on its railway connection to East London on the coast was begun by the Cape government of John Molteno in 1876, and the line was officially opened on 19 May 1880. The town prospered from its founding up to the world wide depression of the 1930s, and again thereafter. In the 1960s, the majority of the Black population were moved east to the township of Ezibeleni, as part of the attempt to move African people to so-called "homelands". The area has in the past had very severe weather problems, luckily, often only affecting the surrounding areas. In 2002, heavy snowfall around Queenstown caused a severe disaster, especially since the area was not funded or ready for such a disaster. Then, in 2004, the surrounding areas of the Eastern Cape were affected by strong winds and heavy rainfall, although Queenstown once again escaped much flooding and some wind damage, power shortages soon followed. Other natural disasters include droughts and veld fires (wild fires).





Queen's College, Get Ahead College ,Queenstown Girls' High School, Hangklip High School, Kwa Komani Comprehensive, Maria Louw High School are among well-known secondary schools in Queenstown. The former has produced many fine sportsmen, including Tony GreigDaryll CullinanKenny McEwan, Kaya Malotana, Lionel Cronje, Justin KempRobbie KempsonDick Muir and Lwazi Mvovo.

Excellent Afrikaans schools, namely Hangklip Primary and Senior set high standards academically and on the sport field. Balmoral Girls' Primary School and Queens College Primary are two renowned primary schools in the town.



SOURCE :,_Eastern_Cape

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