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Wakkerstroom is located in South Africa
 Wakkerstroom shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 27°21′S 30°08′E / 27.350°S 30.133°E / -27.350; 30.133Coordinates: 27°21′S 30°08′E / 27.350°S 30.133°E / -27.350; 30.133
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Gert Sibande
Municipality Pixley ka Seme
Established 1859
 • Total 87.68 km2 (33.85 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 6,852
 • Density 78/km2 (200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 87.8%
 • Coloured 0.3%
 • Indian/Asian 1.3%
 • White 10.2%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 86.2%
 • English 4.2%
 • Afrikaans 3.7%
 • S. Ndebele 1.6%
 • Other 4.2%
Postal code (street) 2480
PO box 2480
Area code 017

Wakkerstroom, (Awake Stream), is the second oldest town in Mpumalanga province in South Africa.

Town on the KwaZulu-Natal border, 27 km east of Volksrust and 56 km south-east of Amersfoort. It was laid out on the farm Gryshoek, proclaimed in 1859, and administered by a village council from 1910. Originally named Marthinus-Wesselstroom, it became known as Wesselstroom and then Wakkerstroom, ‘awake stream’, ‘lively stream’, after the river, which also gave its name to the district, namely the Mzinyati.[2]

It was established in 1859 and its name is an Afrikaans translation of the Zulu name for the river that flows near the town, uThaka, (Awake). Sheep and cattle farming are the primary industries.

Mountainous with kloofs, mountain springs, vlei areas, dams, conservation and heritage site. It is internationally renowned as a "birders paradise".


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Wakkerstroom". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 466. 

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