Hartbeespoort, situated about 50km northwest of Johannesburg, is snuggled on the slopes of the Magalies Mountain and the banks of Hartbeespoort Dam. The name of the valley means “gateway of the Hartebeest (also known as Kongoni – Scientific name: Alcelaphus buselaphus)”. Hartbeespoort is the collective name of a few smaller towns situated around the Hartbeespoort Dam, including the towns of Meerhof, Ifafi, Melodie, Schoemansville and Kosmos. Schoemansville is named after General Hendrik Schoeman, a Boer General in the Anglo-Boer War, who owned the farm that the Hartbeespoort Dam was built on.

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Judith Bezuidenhout after whom Judith's Paarl in Johannesburg was named. by Willie Meyer – from his book “Magaliesberg Kaleidoscope” About 275 kilometres North of Beijing are the ruins of Shanduk - in English known


Do you have any stories about the history of Hartbeespoort that you want to share? Any old photos of the Dam and surrounding areas? Would you like to know more about the history of Hartbeespoort?

Contact me at deon@kormorant.co.za.



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