Skeerpoort

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Skeerpoort
View from a hot air balloon
View from a hot air balloon
Skeerpoort is located in North West (South African province)
Skeerpoort
Skeerpoort
Skeerpoort is located in South Africa
Skeerpoort
Skeerpoort
Coordinates: 25°48′47″S 27°45′18″E / 25.813°S 27.755°E / -25.813; 27.755Coordinates: 25°48′47″S 27°45′18″E / 25.813°S 27.755°E / -25.813; 27.755
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceNorth West
DistrictBojanala
MunicipalityMadibeng
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
PO box
0232
Area code012

Skeerpoort is a village 24 km south of Brits and 32 km northeast of Hekpoort, about 7 km southwest of the Hartebeespoort Dam, in eastern North West province, South Africa. The small and discontinuous village is set among orchards and agricultural lands.

Afrikaans for 'shaving defile', the mountain pass from which it takes its name may have been so called by the commando under Hendrik Potgieter because they stopped there on a Sunday to spruce up. Another explanation is that a commando under Casper Kruger purchased soap and shaving equipment from a trader to spruce up before entering Pretoria.[1]

View over a section of the village with the church at center

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raper, Peter E. (1987). Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. Internet Archive. p. 407. Retrieved 28 August 2013.