History

Background

OR Tambo is one of the 7 districts of Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The seat of OR Tambo is Mthatha (formerly spelt Umtata). The vast majority (94%) of its 1,364,943 people speak Xhosa (2011 Census). The district is named after Oliver Tambo. The district code is DC15.

The district is within Wild Coast Region. OR Tambo is surrounded by: Alfred Nzo District (DC44) to the north, Sisonke District (DC43) to the north, Ugu District (DC21) to the north-east, the Indian Ocean to the south-east, Amatole District (DC12) to the south-west, Chris Hani District (DC13) to the west, Joe Gqabi District (DC14) to the north-west.

The following local municipalities are under the local municipality: King Sabata Dalindyebo, Nyandeni, Ngquza Hill, Mhlontlo, Port St Johns. The predominant language spoken is Xhosa, followed by English then Afrikaans. Zulu is also spoke but is not common.

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