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Perdekop is located in Mpumalanga
Perdekop is located in South Africa
Perdekop is located in Africa
 Perdekop shown within Mpumalanga
Coordinates: 27°10′S 29°38′E / 27.167°S 29.633°E / -27.167; 29.633Coordinates: 27°10′S 29°38′E / 27.167°S 29.633°E / -27.167; 29.633
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Gert Sibande
Municipality Pixley Ka Seme
 • Total 7.73 km2 (2.98 sq mi)
Elevation 1,889 m (6,198 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 5,081
 • Density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 97.4%
 • Coloured 0.3%
 • Indian/Asian 1.7%
 • White 0.4%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 82.3%
 • Sotho 9.9%
 • English 1.7%
 • S. Ndebele 1.5%
 • Other 4.6%
Postal code (street) 2465
PO box 2465
Area code 017

Perdekop, (Afrikaans for horses hill), is a small town situated on top of a 1,889 m peak in the Mpumalanga province, in South Africa. It is a village 38 km north of Volksrust and 47 km south of Standerton.


Formerly Paardekop, ‘horses hill’, from the practice of keeping horses there when horse-sickness prevailed in lower lying areas.[2]

The town was established during an equine sickness epidemic when farmers found that when they brought their horses to the top of this hill they were protected from the sickness.[3]:303 During the Second Boer War the British operated a lookout balloon here to monitor Boer activities.


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Perdekop". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 363. 
  3. ^ Erasmus, B.P.J. (2014). On Route in South Africa: Explore South Africa region by region. Jonathan Ball Publishers. p. 401. ISBN 9781920289805.