Perdekop shown within Mpumalanga

Coordinates: 27°10′S 29°38′E / 27.167°S 29.633°E / -27.167; 29.633Coordinates: 27°10′S 29°38′E / 27.167°S 29.633°E / -27.167; 29.633
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Gert Sibande
Municipality Pixley Ka Seme
  Total 7.73 km2 (2.98 sq mi)
Elevation 1,889 m (6,198 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 5,081
  Density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
  Black African 97.4%
  Coloured 0.3%
  Indian/Asian 1.7%
  White 0.4%
  Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
  Zulu 82.3%
  Sotho 9.9%
  English 1.7%
  S. Ndebele 1.5%
  Other 4.6%
Postal code (street) 2465
PO box 2465
Area code 017

Perdekop, (Afrikaans for horses hill), is a small town situated on top of a 1,889 m peak in the Mpumalanga province, in South Africa.

Village 38 km north of Volksrust and 47 km south of Standerton. Formerly Paardekop, ‘horses hill’, from the practice of keeping horses there when horse-sickness prevailed in lower lying areas.[2]

The town was established during an equine sickness epidemic when farmers found that when they brought their horses to the top of this hill they were protected from the sickness. During the Second Boer War the British operated a lookout balloon here to monitor Boer activities.


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Main Place Perdekop". Census 2011.
  2. "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 363.
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