Chrissiesmeer

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This article is about the South African town. For eponymous lake, see Lake Chrissie.
Chrissiesmeer
Chrissiesmeer is located in South Africa
Chrissiesmeer
Chrissiesmeer
 Chrissiesmeer shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 26°16′41″S 30°12′47″E / 26.278°S 30.213°E / -26.278; 30.213Coordinates: 26°16′41″S 30°12′47″E / 26.278°S 30.213°E / -26.278; 30.213
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Gert Sibande
Municipality Msukaligwa
Established 1860
Area[1]
 • Total 3.25 km2 (1.25 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 4,012
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 94.0%
 • Coloured 0.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.7%
 • White 5.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 62.4%
 • Swazi 26.5%
 • Afrikaans 4.5%
 • English 2.4%
 • Other 4.2%
Postal code (street) 2332
PO box 2332
Area code 017

Chrissiesmeer (Lake Chrissie) is a small town situated in Msukaligwa Local Municipality, in a wetland area of Mpumalanga province in South Africa, on the northern banks of the eponymous Lake Chrissie. The San inhabited this area along with the Tlou-tle people who lived on rafts in the larger lakes. The Voortrekkers established a town here in the 1860s and named it after Marthinus Wessel Pretorius's daughter Christina. In the 1880s the town became an important stopover for wagons travelling to the gold mining town of Barberton. In total there are more than 270 lakes in the immediate area (located not far from Carolina). Every year nearly 20.000 flamingo come into the area to breed.

References[edit]

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