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SAR Class 19 no. 1369, plinthed in Breyten
SAR Class 19 no. 1369, plinthed in Breyten
Breyten is located in South Africa
 Breyten shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 26°18′S 29°59′E / 26.300°S 29.983°E / -26.300; 29.983Coordinates: 26°18′S 29°59′E / 26.300°S 29.983°E / -26.300; 29.983
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Gert Sibande
Municipality Msukaligwa
 • Total 4.52 km2 (1.75 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 14,347
 • Density 3,200/km2 (8,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 94.4%
 • Coloured 0.8%
 • Indian/Asian 0.6%
 • White 4.0%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 81.4%
 • Swazi 4.5%
 • Afrikaans 4.3%
 • English 2.9%
 • Other 6.8%
Postal code (street) 2330
PO box 2330
Area code 017

Breyten is a small farming town in Mpumalanga, South Africa and is situated at the foot of Klipstapel, the highest point on the watershed between the westward flowing Vaal River system and the eastward flowing Olifants and Komati River systems. The original farm, Bothasrus on which the town is built was given to Lukas Potgieter as compensation for losing a leg during the first Boer War. He later sold the farm to field-cornet Nicolaas Breytenbach, who formed the village in his own name.

Breyten is close to Ermelo. In fact, the community from Breyten do most of their household business in Ermelo.

Breyten is heavily dependent on the mines around it. Tselentis, Spitzkop and other mines employ the majority of the people of Breyten. There is also a leather factory in Breyten called JCB Leather Works, it produces top leather goods. The main spoken languages are i-SiSwati, Zulu and Ndebele.

Breyten has also a college called Xtensive ICT Academy a private company that deals with information technology(IT)Learnerships and private classes


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Breyten". Census 2011. 

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