Modjadjiskloof

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Modjadjiskloof
Duiwelskloof
Modjadjiskloof is located in South Africa
Modjadjiskloof
Modjadjiskloof
 Modjadjiskloof shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 23°42′S 30°08′E / 23.700°S 30.133°E / -23.700; 30.133Coordinates: 23°42′S 30°08′E / 23.700°S 30.133°E / -23.700; 30.133
Country South Africa
Province Limpopo
District Mopani
Municipality Greater Letaba
Area[1]
 • Total 2.99 km2 (1.15 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,815
 • Density 610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 47.4%
 • Coloured 0.5%
 • Indian/Asian 2.8%
 • White 47.9%
 • Other 1.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 43.7%
 • Northern Sotho 23.3%
 • English 12.3%
 • Tsonga 9.7%
 • Other 11.0%
Postal code (street) 0835
PO box 0835
Area code 015

Modjadjiskloof, also known by its pre-2004 name Duiwelskloof (Afrikaans for Devil's Gorge) is a small town situated at the foot of the escarpment in the Limpopo province of South Africa.

Village 24 km north of Tzaneen. Surveyed in 1919 and proclaimed in 1920, it is administered by a village management board. The name, Afrikaans for ‘Devil’s ravine’, was possibly given by virtue of the rugged, awe inspiring aspect, or because of the difficulty with which laden wagons trekked through it in the rainy season. The railway station was called Modjadji in 1914 but was later renamed.[2]

Name change[edit]

Duiwelskloof was renamed Modjadjiskloof on June 14, 2004 in honor of the Rain Queen, Modjadji, hereditary ruler of the Balobedu people of the area.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Modjadjiskloof". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 144. 
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