Steelpoort

Although it is predominantly mining area Steelpoort is not named for the metal mined in the area. The name, in fact, is the Afrikaans for steal, and it originated during the Voortrekker era, when someone stole two elephant tusks from a hunter named Frans Joubert. It must have been quite an event because it added two names to the atlas of southern Africa: Olifantspoort and Steelpoort.

The Triple Nickel

Several heavy-duty truck drivers who regularly haul chrome ore up and down its length have affectionately named the R555 between Middleburg and Ohrigstad the triple-nickel. The ‘triple’ stands for the three fives of the route number and for the chrome ore for the American five• cent piece. The route is known for the chrome mines on the fringes of the Sekhukhune Mountains of Lebowa.

Phalaborwa

Phalaborwa

The name is said to mean 'better here than in the south', referring to the peaceful existence...

Gravelotte

Gravelotte

South Africa's only emerald mine is found at Gravelotte. The Consolidated Murchison Mine is the...

Hoedspruit

Hoedspruit

We do not know how it was named 'hat creek'. The rev. Frans Lion Cachet of the Dutch Reformed...

Bosbokrand

Bosbokrand

'Bushbuck Ridge'. The name refers to the large herds or this antelope, which made the ridge and...

Ofcolaco

Ofcolaco

Named after the "Officers Colonial Land Company". Kiwi fruit is one of the products of the region.

Giyani

Giyani

Giyani, in terms of the policy of apartheid during the 1970s and 1980s, was developed as the...

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