Sterkspruit is a town in Joe Gqabi District Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The Intabamnyama peak some 40 km east-south-east of Sterkspruit. Derived from Xhosa, the name means ‘black mountain’. Located on the R392. The R393 is a Regional Route in South Africa that connects Sterkspruit via the Lesotho border to the R58 near Elliot.

The town is located about 51 km,s south-east of Zastron, 84 km north-east of Aliwal North, and 24 km from the Lesotho border. It takes its name from the Sterkspruit, the watercourse on which it is situated. The name is Afrikaans and means ‘strong stream’.

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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Key Statistics 2011

Total population 1,893
Young (0-14) 22,7%
Working Age (15-64) 75,6%
Elderly (65+) 1,7%
Dependency ratio 32,3
Sex ratio 100,7
Population density 471 persons/km2
No schooling aged 20+ 2,5%
Higher education aged 20+ 35%
Matric aged 20+ 28,4%
Number of households 609
Average household size 2,5
Female headed households 45%
Formal dwellings 80,7%
Housing owned/paying off 35,5%
Flush toilet connected to sewerage 54,6%
Weekly refuse removal 73,7%
Piped water inside dwelling 58,5%
Electricity for lighting 80,8%