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Bridge over the Orange River near Sterkspruit
Bridge over the Orange River near Sterkspruit
Sterkspruit is located in Eastern Cape
 Sterkspruit shown within Eastern Cape
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
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Joe Gqabi
Municipality Senqu
 • Total 4.02 km2 (1.55 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,893
 • Density 470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 96.2%
 • Coloured 0.9%
 • Indian/Asian 2.1%
 • White 0.4%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Xhosa 73.5%
 • Sotho 14.2%
 • English 4.3%
 • Afrikaans 1.0%
 • Other 7.0%
Postal code (street) 9762
PO box 9762
Area code 051

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.