Port Elizabeth (Xhosa: Ebhayi; colloquial The Bay or Afrikaans: Die Baai) is one of the largest cities in South Africa, situated in the Eastern Cape Province, 770 km (478 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.
Province Eastern Cape
Municipality Nelson Mandela Bay
• City 335.30 km2 (129.46 sq mi)
• Metro 1,959 km2 (756 sq mi)
Population (City: 2001; Metro: 2007)
• City 237,500
• Density 710/km2 (1,800/sq mi)
• Metro 1,050,930
• Metro density 540/km2 (1,400/sq mi)
"City" population is for the Port Elizabeth Main Place in Census 2001; "Metro" population is for the NMB Metro.
Ethnic makeup (2007)
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
The city has a number of top government-funded and private hospitals,including:
* Aurora Rehabilitation Hospital
* Dora Nginza Hospital
* Elizabeth Donkin Hospital
* Empilweni Hospital
* Hunterscraig Private Hospital
* Jose Pearson TB Hospital
* Livingstone Hospital
* Mercantile Private Hospital
* Netcare Greenacres Hospital
* Nightingale Subacute Hospital
* Oasim Private Hospital
* Port Elizabeth Provincial Hospital
* St George’s Hospital
* Westways Private Hospital
The city has a wealth of fine sporting facilities, catering for cricket, rugby union, association football, field hockey and many other sports. Its coastal location also makes it a base for many watersports.
Port Elizabeth is the location of the St George's Park cricket ground, which holds test cricket matches. St George's Park is also the oldest cricket ground in South Africa, and was the venue for the first Test match played outside of Australia or England, between South Africa and England on the 12 and 13 March 1889. The Warriors, a top Cricket Team in South Africa, is based in Port Elizabeth.
The headquarters of the controversial Southern Spears rugby franchise was in Port Elizabeth. The long-standing Eastern Province Rugby Union, now commonly known as the Eastern Province Kings, would form the basis of the Spears franchise together with East London's Border Bulldogs. The remnants of the Spears were later reconstituted into the Southern Kings, also based in Port Elizabeth, which are now tentatively scheduled to join Super Rugby in 2013. The union, although still headquartered at EPRU Stadium, now play their home matches at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
In December 2011, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium will become the new home of the South Africa Sevens, the country's leg of the annual IRB Sevens World Series in rugby sevens. The event had been held in George in the Western Cape from 2002 to 2010,
The city's main football club is Bay Stars F.C. The currently use the Gelvandale Stadium and play in the Telkom League.
The Algoa Bay Yacht Club operated out of Port Elizabeth harbour.
The Donkin Reserve
Located at the end of the picturesque Garden Route along the Cape coast, the city is one of South Africa's major destinations for tourists, many of whom come simply to enjoy the many fine beaches in and near the city.
The area surrounding the CBD has a number of historic attractions, many of which are linked by the Donkin Heritage Trail. These include the Campanile (bell tower), built in 1923 to commemorate the arrival of the 1820 Settlers and offering a great viewpoint over the city; the city hall (1862); the Donkin Reserve park and monument; and the old stone Fort Frederick itself (1799). The CBD also boasts the towering Eastern Cape post office headquarters.
Other attractions include the gardens at St George's Park, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum (formerly known as the King George VI Art Gallery), the museum and oceanography room at Humewood, and the new Boardwalk waterfront complex.
The wider area surrounding PE also features a number of game viewing opportunities, including the famous Addo Elephant Park, 72 km to the north near the Zuurberg mountain range and National Park.
Port Elizabeth is known commonly as the watersports capital of South Africa and home of the Ironman of Africa. Algoa bay is home to scuba diving, game fishing charters, surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding to name but a few. There are many cruises offered from the harbour from sunset cruises to view dolphins to whale watching tours. More tourism information available at www.nmbt.co.za.