Bhisho lies just 3km north-east of King William's Town and has some of the most spectacular views of the Amatola.
It was previously the administrative capital of the former Ciskei, one of the black homelands of the apartheid era, but is today the capital of the Eastern Cape plus the former Ciskei, which was re-incorported into South Africa.
Bhisho is the Xhosa word for Buffalo and took its name from the river that runs through the city. For this reason the department of Arts and Culture published a correction of spelling of Bisho to Bhisho in their government notice No. 830 of Gazette No. 26552 on the 16th of July 2004.
The Provincial legislature and many other government departments are headquartered in the town.
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