COFFEE BAY AND FORMER TRANSKEI
Coffee Bay can be found on the Wild Coast, in the former Transkei, 200km north of East London along the N2, 80km down the coastal road to the Wild Coast. The Wild Coast got its name from the sailors of the 1700s and 1800s, who considered it as one of the most treacherous bits of coastlines in the world, and the long list of ship wrecks makes intriguing reading. To this day it is still one of the most beautiful and untouched sections of coastline in the world, due to its remote and difficult assess.
The former Transkei was a “homeland” of the apartheid government, and comprised of the area between the Mtamvuna River, as the Northern boundary with Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Kei River being the Southern boundary with the then Cape Province. This area was populated by mainly Xhosa speaking peoples, and has proud heritage of producing some of South Africa’s most distinguished leaders, like Tata Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki, King Sabata Dalindyebo and many more, who were instrumental in the bringing about change to a democratic government.
Now Coffee Bay is in King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) Municipality, in the Eastern Cape Province, and even though the current government has made enormous strides in building critical and life change infrastructure developments, like providing running potable water, electricity, more and better access roads, more clinics and schools, the area is still one of the poorest in South Africa.