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Matjiesrivier

Matjiesrivier
Matjiesrivier is located in Western Cape
Matjiesrivier
Matjiesrivier
 Matjiesrivier shown within Western Cape
Matjiesrivier is located in South Africa
Matjiesrivier
Matjiesrivier
Matjiesrivier (South Africa)
Matjiesrivier is located in Africa
Matjiesrivier
Matjiesrivier
Matjiesrivier (Africa)
Coordinates: 33°23′56″S 22°02′06″E / 33.399°S 22.035°E / -33.399; 22.035
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Eden
Municipality Oudtshoorn
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
PO box 6634

Matjiesrivier is a town at the southern foot of the Waboomsberg, some 37 km south of Prince Albert, off the road to Oudtshoorn. Afrikaans for 'little mat river', the reference is to a type of sedge (Cyperus textilis) growing there, used by Khoekhoen in making mats with which they made their huts. Matjiesgoed is the common name for this sedge, literally 'little mat stuff.[1]

References

  1. ^ Raper, Peter E. (1987). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Internet Archive. p. 301. Retrieved 28 August 2013.