Uitenhage

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UITENHAGE

Province: Eastern Cape (until 1994 Cape Province)
Metrolpoitan Municpaloty: Nelson Mandela Bay

Arms of Uitenhage

Official blazon

Origin/meaning

Jacob Uitenhage de Mist was the Batavian Republic's Commissioner-General at the Cape 1803-05, and it was he who introduced municipal heraldry in 1804. One of the local authorities to which he assigned a seal was the town of Uitenhage, which he founded. The seal was the same pattern as the other municipal seals (see Cape Town and Swellendam): a golden background representing prosperity, a black anchor representing the Cape of Good Hope, and the shield of the founder of the town.


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