Uitenhage is located in the Eastern Cape Province, falling under Port Elizabeth.

Uitenhage, as the name may suggest has its origin from the Dutch when on the 25th April 1804 the town was named by Jacob Glen Cuyler in honour of the Commissioner General of the Cape Colony, Jacob Abraham Uitenhage de Mist.

A decree of “Reasonable Government” was handed to the Cape Colony in 1872. John Molteno undertook the construction of a railway line between Port Elizabeth and to the interior of the country and in 1877 the town was declared a municipality.

Uitenhage today is a thriving city with a vast array of industries bolstering the economy both locally and internationally.

Uitenhage is the home of the manufacturing plant of Volkswagen, VW with supportive industries within the automotive manufacturing sector having been established.

General Motors has a manufacturing plant located in Port Elizabeth. Their output and vehicle range will surprise some consumers with the local Hummer vehicles being manufactured at the plant.

The harbour is favoured amongst others as it is a 23m port which makes egress easier for the bulk carriers of the great oceans.

Due to the vast amounts of foreign capital being injected into the region it has become a sought after town. With this it is a popular holiday destination with many South Africans, visiting places like Jeffrey’s Bay and Schoenmakerskop being other popular destinations.

Uitenhage is a self supporting city with all the important amenities required of a large city like the schools;

  • Frans Conradie Primary School
  • Daniel Pienaar Technical High School
  • Handhaaf Primary School
  • Laerskool Innes
  • Muir College Boys High School
  • McCarthy Comprehensive School

Uitenhage has an airport which cuts travel time for holiday makers at the Uitenhage Aerodrome.

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