Bridge over the Orange River near Sterkspruit
|• Total||4.02 km2 (1.55 sq mi)|
|• Density||470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||96.2%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Postal code (street)||9762|
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. It takes its name from the Sterkspruit, the watercourse on which it is situated. The name is Afrikaans and means ‘strong stream’.
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.
- "Main Place Sterkspruit". Census 2011.
- "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 416.
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