Hartbeespoort

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Hartbeespoort
Hartbeespoort Dam00.jpg
Hartbeespoort is located in North West (South African province)
Hartbeespoort
Hartbeespoort
Hartbeespoort is located in South Africa
Hartbeespoort
Hartbeespoort
Hartbeespoort is located in Africa
Hartbeespoort
Hartbeespoort
 Hartbeespoort shown within North West
Coordinates: 25°44′39″S 27°53′58″E / 25.74417°S 27.89944°E / -25.74417; 27.89944Coordinates: 25°44′39″S 27°53′58″E / 25.74417°S 27.89944°E / -25.74417; 27.89944
Country South Africa
Province North West
District Bojanala Platinum
Municipality Madibeng
Area[1]
 • Total 125.89 km2 (48.61 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 22,374
 • Density 180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 38.2%
 • Coloured 1.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.7%
 • White 59.4%
 • Other 0.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 46.5%
 • English 19.3%
 • Tswana 7.3%
 • Tsonga 6.2%
 • Other 20.7%
Postal code (street) 0216
PO box 0216
Area code 012

Hartbeespoort, informally also known as "Harties", is a small resort town in the North West Province of South Africa, situated on slopes of the Magaliesberg mountain and the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam. The name of the town means "gateway of the hartbees" (a species of antelope) in Afrikaans. It was previously known as Schoemansville, named after General Hendrik Schoeman, a Boer General in the Anglo-Boer War, who owned the farm that the Hartbeespoort Dam was built on.[2]

Hartbeespoort is the collective name of a few smaller towns situated around the Hartbeespoort Dam, including the towns of Meerhof, Ifafi, Melodie, Schoemansville and Kosmos.

The town consists of holiday homes and permanent residences around the dam as it is popular with visitors from nearby Gauteng Province. It is home to the Om Die Dam (English: Around the dam) ultra marathon of 50 km, which takes place annually in the first half of the year.

Hartbeespoortdam from the top of the Harties Cableway

Some of the main tourist attractions in or around the town are:

Other leisure-oriented venues around the dam include - Pecanwood Golf Estate, Hartbeespoort Boat Club (near Kosmos), Sandy Lane Golf Club (at Caribbean Beach Club), Kosmos Marina Club, Magalies Park (estate and golf club). A number of other leisure developments and resorts are in progress.

In 2010 the Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway was completely revamped and modernised and officially reopened on 14 August 2010 by Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk.[4]

Hartbeespoort is part of the Madibeng Local Municipality, that also includes the nearby town of Brits.

Composite panorama of Schoemansville (lower right) and Hartbeespoort Dam looking South

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Hartbeespoort". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ Carruthers, Vincent (1990). The Magaliesberg. Johannesburg: Southern Book Publishers. p. 333. 
  3. ^ http://www.news24.com/Travel/South-Africa/Hartebeespoort-Cableway-reopens-20120724 News 24 Harties Cableway reopening, retrieved 19 December 2012
  4. ^ http://www.info.gov.za/speech/DynamicAction?pageid=461&sid=29617&tid=78941 Government Gazette, retrieved 19 December 2012