Standerton lies on the banks of the Vaal River and was established in 1876 on Adriaan Stander’s farm “Grootverlangen”. The town lies some 1 531 m above sea level and the highest point in the area is the 1 640-m-high Stander’s Kop that saw much action during the First Anglo-Boer War in 1881. Standerton is the commercial and agricultural centre for Western Mpumalanga where maize, peanuts, sunflowers and potatoes are farmed.

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Water sport: The Grootdraai Dam supplies the water for the Sasol oil-from-coal plant at Secunda and also provides the local population with recreational and water-sport facilities.

Fauna And Flora

Stander’s Kop Nature Reserve: Stander’s Kop Nature Reserve is home to a number of species of birds and animals.

History And Architecture

Fort Alice: The old fort, 2km outside town, was officially known as Fort Alice and unofficially as the “flea laager”. During the First Anglo-Boer War, while the British troops waited in vain for their relief, the Boers peppered them with long-range shots from their vantage point on Stander’s Kop. The he war eventually ended arrived – 88 days and some 58 000 rounds of gunshot (from the Boers) later! Unfortunately not much is left of the fort and the battle site except for the odd spent bullet on Stander’s Kop. A memorial and elderly field gun commemorates a later war.

Historic Buildings: The Dutch Reformed Church, Magistrate’s Court with its colonnades, arches and “Juliet” balconies and the building housing the Carnegie Public Library are some of the fine architectural examples in town.

Kraal remnants: The remnants of the kraal (village) of the famous chief, Chief Mzilikazi, the founder of the Ndebele (Matabele) nation can be seen in the area.

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