Sterkspruit

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Sterkspruit
Bridge over the Orange River near Sterkspruit
Bridge over the Orange River near Sterkspruit
Sterkspruit is located in Eastern Cape
Sterkspruit
Sterkspruit
Sterkspruit is located in South Africa
Sterkspruit
Sterkspruit
Coordinates: 30°31′26″S 27°22′12″E / 30.524°S 27.370°E / -30.524; 27.370Coordinates: 30°31′26″S 27°22′12″E / 30.524°S 27.370°E / -30.524; 27.370
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceEastern Cape
DistrictJoe Gqabi
MunicipalitySenqu
Government
 • CouncillorChief Magadla
Area
 • Total4.02 km2 (1.55 sq mi)
Population
(2011)[1]
 • Total1,893
 • Density470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African96.2%
 • Coloured0.9%
 • Indian/Asian2.1%
 • White0.4%
 • Other0.4%
First languages (2011)
 • Xhosa73.5%
 • Sotho14.2%
 • English4.3%
 • Afrikaans1.0%
 • Other7.0%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
9762
PO box
9762
Area code051

Sterkspruit is a town in Joe Gqabi District Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

The town is located about 45 km south-east of Zastron, 80 km north-east of Aliwal North, and 24 km from the Lesotho border.[2] It takes its name from the Sterkspruit, the watercourse on which it is situated. The name is Afrikaans and means ‘strong stream’.[3]

Besides the assortment of shops and many businesses to be found in town, it also houses the Empilisweni District Hospital, a public government funded and managed district hospital. It is a level 1 hospital with 93 usable beds. As it is situated close to the Lesotho and Free State borders, it also renders health services to cross-border citizens visiting Sterkspruit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Sterkspruit". Census 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.saexplorer.co.za/south-africa/distance/sterkspruit_distance.asp
  3. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 416.