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
Sterkspruit is located in Africa
Sterkspruit
Sterkspruit
 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
Area[1]
 • 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.

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