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A hotel in East London is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in East London hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in East London are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some East London hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most East London hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in East London have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in East London
An upscale full service hotel facility in East London that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury East London hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in East London
Full service East London hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in East London
Boutique hotels of East London are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. East London boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in East London may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in East London
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of East London travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most East London focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in East London
Small to medium-sized East London hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded East London traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service East London hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in East London
A bed and breakfast in East London is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, East London bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical East London B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in East London
East London hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many East London hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in East London
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized East London hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in East London lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in East London
East London timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in East London often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of East London on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in East London
A East London motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of East London for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of East London motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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For other uses, see East London (disambiguation).
East London
Oos-Londen (Afrikaans)
eMonti (Xhosa)
East London City Hall
East London City Hall
East London is located in Eastern Cape
East London
East London
East London is located in South Africa
East London
East London
East London is located in Africa
East London
East London
East London shown within Eastern Cape
Coordinates:  / -32.983; 27.867  / -32.983; 27.867
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
Municipality Buffalo City
Established 1872
Area
• City 168.86 km (65.20 sq mi)
• Metro 2,536 km (979 sq mi)
Population (2011)
• City 267,007
• Density 1,600/km (4,100/sq mi)
• Metro 755,200
• Metro density 300/km (770/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
Black African 70.1%
Coloured 11.6%
Indian/Asian 1.8%
White 16.0%
Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)
Xhosa 61.8%
English 21.2%
Afrikaans 13.3%
Other 3.8%
Postal code (street) 5200
PO box 5201–5499
Area code 043
Website eastlondon.org.za

East London (Afrikaans: Oos-Londen, Xhosa: eMonti) is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. The city lies on the Indian Ocean coast, largely between the Buffalo River and the Nahoon River, and hosts the country's only river port. East London today has a population of over 267,000 with over 755,000 in the metropolitan area.

East London, Eastern Cape: History

Lieutenant John Bailie of the Royal Navy, one of the 1820 Settlers, surveyed the Buffalo River mouth and founded the town in 1836, a memorial on Signal Hill commemorating the event. The city formed around the only river port in South Africa and was originally known as Port Rex. This settlement on the West Bank was the nucleus of the town of East London, which was elevated to city status in 1914.

During the early to mid-19th century frontier wars between the British settlers and the local Xhosa inhabitants, East London served as a supply port to service the military headquarters at nearby King William's Town, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) away. A British fort, Fort Glamorgan, was built on the West Bank in 1847, and annexed to the Cape Colony that same year. This fort is one of a series of British-built forts, including Fort Murray, Fort White, Fort Cox, Fort Hare and Fort Beaufort, in the border area that became known as British Kaffraria.

With later development of the port came the settlement of permanent residents, including German settlers, most of whom were bachelors. These settlers were responsible for German names of some towns in the vicinity of East London such as Stutterheim and Berlin. Today, German surnames such as Gehring, Salzwedel and Peinke are still common in East London, but the descendants of the settlers rapidly became Anglicised.

The existing port, in the mouth of the Buffalo River, adjoining the Indian Ocean, began operating in 1870. In 1872, the Cape Colony, under the leadership of its first Prime Minister John Molteno, attained a degree of independence from Britain. The new government merged the three neighbouring settlements of East London, East London East and Panmure in 1873, forming the core of the current municipality, and in 1876 it began construction on the region's railway lines, commencing on the river's east bank. At the same time, it began construction of the East London harbour. This new infrastructure rapidly accelerated development of the area, into today's thriving city of East London.

The unusual double-decker bridge over the Buffalo River was completed in 1935 and to this day, is the only bridge of its type in South Africa. Modern day attractions include the East London Museum housing the coelacanth, a prehistoric fish, thought to be extinct, discovered live at Chalumna (Tyolomnqa) Mouth near East London by fishermen in 1938, and numerous memorial statues. The city is well known as a surfing haven, and its beaches are among the best in the country.

East London, Eastern Cape: Governance and politics

In 1961, areas on either side of East London were declared Bantu homelands. Ciskei to the west and Transkei to the East. East London found itself almost surrounded except to the north and became very unsettled during the Apartheid era. The editor of the local newspaper, the Daily Dispatch, was Donald Woods, who broke the story of the murder of Steve Biko, a Pan Africanist leader and author of the book I Write What I Like, at the hands of South African Security Police in Port Elizabeth, in September 1977. The story of Donald Woods was recorded in the Hollywood film Cry Freedom. A prominent statue of Biko now stands outside the East London City Hall.

The period of international sanctions that followed in the 1980s damaged the economy of East London's harbour. Enormous investment in recent years, by corporations such as Daimler Chrysler, has resulted in the harbour being developed to include a new car terminal.

In 2000, East London became part of Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, also consisting of King William's Town, Bhisho and Mdantsane and is the seat of the Metro.

East London, Eastern Cape: Economy

East London Airport

East London is the second largest industrial centre in the province. The motor industry is the dominant employer. A major Daimler plant is located next to the harbour, manufacturing Mercedes-Benz and other vehicles for the local market, as well as exporting to the United States and Brazil. Other industries include clothing, textiles, pharmaceuticals and food processing.

From the 1960s until the 1990s, the apartheid government created tax and wage incentives to attract industries to the then black "independent states", including nearby Ciskei. Investment thus flowed into surrounding areas such as Fort Jackson and Dimbaza, leaving East London in relative isolation. The militant labour union activity of the time was not conducive to productivity or good labour relations. Transport infrastructure deteriorated and port activity wound down.

To encourage investment in East London, the East London Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) was established on the West Bank in 2004, close to both the port and airport. 1500ha of land has been made available, and the site is one of four duty-free development areas in South Africa.

East London has good transport links with the rest of South Africa. The N2 highway connecting Cape Town and Durban bypasses the city, while the N6 highway joins East London with the inland city of Bloemfontein (as well as, via the N1, Johannesburg). East London Airport, 10 km from the city centre, has daily flights to all major South African cities.

East London, Eastern Cape: Sports

Cricket is very popular around East London. A combined Border/Eastern Province cricket side known as the Warriors take part in the top provincial competition. Former Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher who currently holds the Test Record for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper hails from East London. Buffalo Park Stadium in East London hosted a match during the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2003 and two matches of the 2009 Indian Premier League.

The Buffalo Road Running Club of East London has created two established events that have gained international recognition. They are the Old Mutual Buffalo 42,2 km marathon, which is held in February/March each year, and South Africa's oldest 160 km extreme ultra marathon, the Washie, over a picturesque and undulating coastal route from Port Alfred to the city.

Triathlon is a popular sport and in particular the world-famous Ironman 70.3 South African event that takes place annually in January. Ironman 70.3 consists of a 1.9 km swim, 90 km of cycling and a 21.1 km road run. The event starts and finishes at Orient Beach in East London.

Rugby is popular in East London. The provincial team, the Border Bulldogs, currently plays in the First Division of the Currie Cup competition. Most national games in East London are played at the Buffalo City Stadium, which holds around 15000 people and was a host stadium during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. East London schools have produced many fine rugby players, including (in recent times) André Vos, Keith and Mark Andrews, Christiaan Scholtz, Brent Russell, Rory Kockott, Akona Ndungane and Odwa Ndungane.

Football is also very popular in the city. East London is home to Blackburn Rovers, a football club competing in the National First Division. The team plays at Buffalo City Stadium.

Motocross is also popular and many national events are held in the area surrounding East London, due to the challenging terrain there and in Transkei. East London is home to the ELMCC (East London Motor Cycle Club), which organises most of the motorcycle events in the area.

East London is home to the Prince George Race Circuit, opened in 1959 (renamed East London Grand Prix Circuit), a historic motor racing track that hosted three Formula One South African Grand Prix during the 1930s and 1960s. The circuit is run and managed by Border Motor Sport Club on a shoestring budget. South Africa's only Formula One World Drivers' Champion, Jody Scheckter, started his motor racing career with a Renault Gordini on this track.

Golf is another favoured pastime in and around East London. East London Golf Club is a highly regarded championship golf course and is currently ranked No 12 in Golf Digest's Top 100 courses. Some of the other golf clubs in the region are the West Bank Golf Club, Gonubie Golf Club, Olivewood Golf Estate and Fish River Sun Country Club (a Gary Player-designed golf course). Golfers can also hone their skills at the East London Golf Club Driving Range.

Martial arts are also very popular, with numerous clubs available for training in aikido, judo, karate, t'ai chi and many other forms of martial arts. The East London Aikido Club is taught by a 3rd dan local instructor who has trained under a number of international instructors in South Africa and overseas. Club members of the East London Aikido Club regularly represent their club at national aikido events. Fort Hare Karate and East London Goju Kai have also hosted many memorable events and training weekends.

Other sporting activities include boxing, mountain biking, skydiving, athletics, horse riding and many water sports such as surfing, swimming, scuba diving, fishing, boating, yachting and windsurfing.

East London, Eastern Cape: Tourism

East London Esplanade

Resorts include: Yellowsands, Glen Eden, Areena, Gonubie, Queensbury Bay, Cintsa West and Cintsa East.

East London, Eastern Cape: Attractions

  • East London Zoo
  • East London Museum
  • Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve
  • Mpongo Private Game Reserve
  • Yellow Sands Caravan Park

East London, Eastern Cape: Geography and climate

East London
Climate chart (explanation)
J F M A M J J A S O N D
69
26
18
92
26
19
105
25
18
83
24
15
52
23
13
40
21
11
47
21
10
78
21
11
80
21
12
102
22
14
110
23
16
63
25
17
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: SAWS
Imperial conversion
J F M A M J J A S O N D
2.7
79
64
3.6
79
66
4.1
77
64
3.3
75
59
2
73
55
1.6
70
52
1.9
70
50
3.1
70
52
3.1
70
54
4
72
57
4.3
73
61
2.5
77
63
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches

East London has a borderline humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa/Cfb), with the warm temperatures and moderation typical of the South African coastline. Although it has no true dry season, there is a drying trend in the winter, with the wettest times of year being "spring" and "autumn". There is also a shorter and lesser dry period in December and January. The all-time record low is 3 °C (37.4 °F), and the all-time record high is 42 °C (107.6 °F). The hottest temperatures have been recorded in springtime, rather than the summer months. Temperatures above 38 °C (100 °F) have only been recorded early in the season, from August to December. Although temperatures have never dropped below freezing since records began, East London has recorded snowfall in 1985 and 1989.

Climate data for East London (1961–1990, extremes 1939–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 36.4
(97.5)
42.6
(108.7)
38.6
(101.5)
35.9
(96.6)
37.0
(98.6)
32.8
(91)
34.3
(93.7)
37.5
(99.5)
41.7
(107.1)
40.9
(105.6)
40.3
(104.5)
38.2
(100.8)
42.6
(108.7)
Average high °C (°F) 25.6
(78.1)
25.7
(78.3)
25.0
(77)
23.7
(74.7)
22.6
(72.7)
21.1
(70)
20.9
(69.6)
21.0
(69.8)
21.0
(69.8)
21.5
(70.7)
22.7
(72.9)
24.5
(76.1)
22.9
(73.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 21.6
(70.9)
21.6
(70.9)
20.8
(69.4)
18.9
(66)
17.1
(62.8)
15.4
(59.7)
15.1
(59.2)
15.4
(59.7)
16.3
(61.3)
17.2
(63)
18.7
(65.7)
20.4
(68.7)
18.2
(64.8)
Average low °C (°F) 18.4
(65.1)
18.5
(65.3)
17.7
(63.9)
15.2
(59.4)
12.8
(55)
10.7
(51.3)
10.3
(50.5)
10.9
(51.6)
12.4
(54.3)
13.9
(57)
15.5
(59.9)
17.0
(62.6)
14.4
(57.9)
Record low °C (°F) 9.0
(48.2)
11.0
(51.8)
10.3
(50.5)
7.2
(45)
4.4
(39.9)
2.6
(36.7)
1.8
(35.2)
3.1
(37.6)
5.0
(41)
5.9
(42.6)
8.5
(47.3)
8.4
(47.1)
1.8
(35.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 69
(2.72)
92
(3.62)
105
(4.13)
83
(3.27)
52
(2.05)
40
(1.57)
47
(1.85)
78
(3.07)
80
(3.15)
102
(4.02)
110
(4.33)
63
(2.48)
921
(36.26)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 9 9 9 7 5 4 3 5 7 9 9 8 84
Average relative humidity (%) 80 82 82 78 72 66 67 71 77 78 80 80 76
Mean monthly sunshine hours 220.5 191.7 204.0 219.3 227.3 221.1 236.6 234.0 205.7 208.5 215.6 239.7 2,624
Source #1: NOAA, Deutscher Wetterdienst (extremes)
Source #2: South African Weather Service

East London, Eastern Cape: Transport

East London is serviced by two national roads: the coastal N2 highway connects it to King William's Town, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town to the west and Mthatha and Durban to the east. It is the southern end of the N6, which runs north via Queenstown and Aliwal North to Bloemfontein. Older sections of the N2 have been renumbered the R102. The R72 is an alternative route to Port Elizabeth, via Port Alfred. The R346 is an alternative route to King William's Town. East London, like South Africa's other major cities, uses Metropolitan (or M) routes as a third tier for its major intra-city roads.

East London Airport is a commercial airport with service to other large South African metropolitan areas.

East London, Eastern Cape: Notable people

  • Mark Andrews – Rugby player
  • Wendy Botha – Four-time world surfing champion
  • Mark Boucher – International cricketer
  • Vuyani Bungu – Boxer
  • Norman Catherine – Artist
  • Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer – Museum curator
  • The Dealians – successful 1970s pop group
  • Allan Gray – South African investor and philanthropist
  • Joan Harrison – Swimmer and 1952 Olympic champion
  • Rory Kockott – Rugby player
  • Welcome Ncita – Boxer
  • Makhaya Ntini – test cricketer with over 100 caps for the South African national team
  • Steve Palframan – Cricketer
  • Ian Scheckter – Racing driver
  • Jody Scheckter – Formula 1 racing champion in 1979
  • Jonty Skinner – Swimmer and US swimming coach
  • John Gordon Sprigg – Prime Minister of the Cape Colony
  • Wayne Taylor – Racing driver
  • André Vos – Rugby player
  • Donald Woods – Author and anti-apartheid activist/born in Transkei
  • Jean-Michel Byron - Singer who sang with pop rock song Toto in the 1980s

East London, Eastern Cape: Coat of arms

The East London municipality assumed a coat of arms on 29 August 1892. The arms were : Argent, a cross Gules between in the first and fourth quarters a garb and in the second and third quarters a fleece Or; on a chief Azure a demi-sun Or. A golden anchor was placed behind the shield, no doubt to show that the town was a seaport. The motto was Animo et fide.

The arms were improved in the 1950s by the town clerk, H.H. Driffield. He changed the shield from silver to ermine, removed the anchor and devised a crest consisting of two crossed anchors and a mural crown. Heraldist Ivan Mitford-Barberton added two buffalo as supporters. The improved design was granted by the College of Arms on 15 December 1959. It was registered with the Cape Provincial Administration in 1960, and at the Bureau of Heraldry in 1967.

East London, Eastern Cape: References

  1. "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20–26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii.
  2. "Main Place East London". Census 2011.
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