Home > Place > Albertinia

Typical aloe bushes found in Albertinia Image source

Village some 50km west of Mossel Bay. It was laid out in 1900 on the farm Grootfontein and became a municapality in 1920. The name is derived from the surname of Johannes Rudolph Albertyn, 1847-1920. He was the first Dutch Reformed minister, to serve the community.

Well known for its abundance of aloes growing in the district, it is the country’s foremost source of aloe juice. Used in the health and skin care industry, two factories in Albertinia extract juice and gel from the harvested aloe blades. Much of their produce is used in their beauty products, also produced here. 

• New Dictionary of South African Place Names by Peter E. Raper
Google map: 

Last updated : 15-Nov-2016

This article was produced by South African History Online on 19-Sep-2016

Support South African History Online

Donate and Make African History Matter

South African History Online is a non profit organisation. We depend on public support to build our website into the most comprehensive educational resource and encyclopaedia on African history.

Your support will help us to build and maintain partnerships with educational institutions in order to strengthen teaching, research and free access to our content.