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Port Elizabeth

Administration
Full namePort Elizabeth
Official namePort Elizabeth
Native nameIbhayi
Native name langxh
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceEastern Cape
MunicipalityNelson Mandela Bay
Founded1820
Government
Executive MayorZanoxolo Wayile
Municipal ManagerGraham Richards
Geography
Total Area129.3 sq mi (335 km2)
Metro Area756.2 sq mi (1959 km2)
Demography
Total Population237500 (City: 2001; Metro: 2007)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)1050930
Other information
Time zoneSAST (UTC+2)
Area code041

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Port Elizabeth ( ; colloquial The Bay or ) is one of the largest cities in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province, 770 km (478.5 mi) east of Cape Town. The city, often shortened to PE and nicknamed "The Friendly City" or "The Windy City", stretches for 16 km along Algoa Bay, and is one of the major seaports in South Africa. It is also referred to as Africa's Watersport Capital.

Port Elizabeth was founded as a town in 1820 to house British settlers as a way of strengthening the border region between the Cape Colony and the Xhosa. It now forms part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality which has a population of over 1.3 million.


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