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Steelpoort is located in Limpopo
Steelpoort is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 24°44′S 30°12′E / 24.73°S 30.20°E / -24.73; 30.20Coordinates: 24°44′S 30°12′E / 24.73°S 30.20°E / -24.73; 30.20
CountrySouth Africa
MunicipalityGreater Tubatse
 • Total3.11 km2 (1.20 sq mi)
 • Total1,105
 • Density360/km2 (920/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African66.0%
 • Coloured4.2%
 • Indian/Asian1.2%
 • White28.5%
 • Other0.1%
First languages (2011)
 • Northern Sotho34.5%
 • Afrikaans33.3%
 • English11.7%
 • Zulu3.6%
 • Other17.0%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
PO box
Area code013

Steelpoort is a mining town in Sekhukhune District Municipality in the Limpopo province of South Africa. It is located on the border with Mpumalanga province.[2]

Mining operations around Steelpoort include the Dwarsrivier chrome mine (30 km from Steelpoort, located in Mpumalanga) [3] owned by Assmang, Tweefontein chrome mine and Tubatse Ferrochrome, owned by Samancor, Two Rivers and Modikwa platinum mines managed by Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Minerals, as well as Mototolo platinum mine and the Lion Ferrochrome smelter, both owned by Xstrata and Marula Platinum (PTY)LTD owned by Impala Platinum.[2]

The name Steelpoort is believed to be derived from a hunting expedition that took place either in the late 19th century or the early 20th century. When a group of Voortrekkers from Natal under Frans Joubert had settled there, a man called Scholtz shot an elephant at dusk and on returning next morning found that the tusks had been removed. The river flowing through the poort was then called Steelpoort River (‘steel’ meaning steal).[4] An increase in the mining of chrome and magnetite led to the construction of a railway line between Steelpoort and Lydenburg in 1924.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Steelpoort". Census 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Steelpoort at war with miners". The New Age Online. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  3. ^ Assmang chrome: Dwarsrivier mine
  4. ^ a b "A Phase I Heritage Impact Assessment (hia) Study For Modikwa Platinum's South Shaft 3 Project Area In The Steelpoort In The Limpopo And Mpumalanga Provinces Of South Africa" (PDF). South African Heritage Resources Agency. Retrieved 2 January 2014.