EThembalethu.com is about sharing what is possible for the people of Thembalethu. It is about the residents of Thembalethu re-imagining their community and re-igniting its positive spirit. EThembalethu.com is about creating constructive platforms through which young people, entrepreneurs, businesses and other community organisations will benefit, collaborate and thrive. We aim to partner with the different spheres of government, various leaders and institutions to bring you the necessary information and tools.
Through this platform we will bring you relevant news and other useful information about the community. The people of Thembalethu deserve to tell their stories. So, through this website, you will get an opportunity to send us your articles, videos and pictures and we will publish them for you.
The name Thembalethu is a Xhosa word, meaning “Our Hope.” The township is situated on the Garden Route, about 8km outside of the developing city of George, in the Western Cape, in South Africa.
Thembalethu became part of the George Municipality in 1995. Prior to that the community was regarded as a separate adjoining town, together with the Pacaltsdorp community.
According to Census 2011, Thembalethu has an estimated population of 43 103 people residents. This represents 22% of the total George municipality’s population. Between 2001 and 2011 the population in Thembalethu grew by an estimated 10 422 more people. This is according to the George Municipality’s Thembalethu Urban Upgrade Plan.