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Template:Infobox South African town 2011 Ngcobo (formerly Engcobo)[1] is a town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

Ngcobo is the main town of the Engcobo Local Municipality, which falls within the Chris Hani District Municipality of the Eastern Cape. It is situated in the western part of the former bantustan of Transkei.

On 1 November 1859, a day known in the Christian calendar as All Saints' Day, Chief Fubu of the amaQwathi met with Archdeacon Waters and the Rev John Gordon of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (SPG). As a result they were granted a stretch of land in the Xuka valley, and soon thereafter the All Saints mission station was founded on the site under the leadership of the Rev Gordon. In 1876 Walter Stanford arrived at the station to take up his appointment as Resident Magistrate to the amaQwathi. He established the seat of his magistracy some 8 km from the station on a site known locally as Engcobo, a Xhosa term meaning "a green place next to a stream". In 1879 the amaQwathi rose in rebellion and, during the ensuing hostilities, both the mission and the magistracy were burnt to the ground, forcing their residents to flee. Following the surrender of the amaQwathi, the magistracy was re-established at Engcobo in 1881.

This town is a home to many different peoples (amaXhosa, Chinese traders, Pakistani, North African traders and more). For a long period the town has been regarded as one of the most naturally beautiful towns in the province.

Ngcobo has two government hospitals:

All Saints Hospital and Mjanyana Hospital[2]

Notable people of Ngcobo

  • Sanele Tshongweni
  • Walter Sisulu
  • Msimelelo Sondlo
  • Nceba Hlangadala
  • Clarkebury on the banks of Mbhashe River was home to Nelson Mandela at high school level.
  • Zalisile Matiwane
  • Chief Zwelihle Mtikrakra



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