History

Province Western Cape
Overberg

Coordinates; 34°35′30″S “19°45′30″E
Area; 28.33 km2
Municipality ; Cape Agulhas

Elim is a small picturesque town in the Overberg where white-washed thatched cottages line a main road planted with fig trees, all roads lead towards the thatched church building. Elim was first established in 1824 as a mission station by German Moravian missionaries. The location was chosen because of the availability of water and terrain suitable for growing grapes with which they wanted to make wine for communion. The missionaries came to convert the locals to Christianity, but they also taught them skills and trades. Skilled thatchers still come from Elim. Elim is well known for the export of fynbos. It is also an emerging wine producing area.

Useful Numbers

Police: Bredasdorp – 028 425 5400
Traffic department: Robertson-023 626 8251
Fire: Fire Station Bredasdorp- 028 425 1690
Water:028 425 5601
Electricity:028 425 5604
Ambulance: 10177 or Overstrand Medical Response-078 699 6995
Post office;Bredasdorp Post Office- 028 424 1370
Library: Library depot-083 582 4490
Closest hospital;Otto du Plessis Hospital-ER Bredasdorp-028 424 2654
Bredasdorp clinic-028 482 1850
Pharmacy;Bredasdorp Primary Healthcare Pharmacy-028 425 1193
SPCA: Animal anti cruelty league Bredasdorp – 082 898 0787
Schools: Mispah School for LSEN-028 482 1810

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