The scenic town of Burgersdorp, which lies nestled in the foothills of the
Stormberg Mountains, is the oldest town in the North Eastern Cape, and was
founded in 1846. The town was established on the farm Klipfointein as a mission
for the Dutch Reformed Church of Graaff-Reinet. A few months later in January of
1847, 75 plots were sold at a public auction and construction of the town began.
Many of Burgersdorp's streets, the two town squares and the area for the church
were laid out with the assistance of plough and oxen. The first municipality was
established in 1891, and the commonage was eventually bought by the Municipality
The small town, which is now well known for the farming of merino sheep and
cattle, has played an interesting part in the history and cultural and religious
development of the region with the Reformed Theological Seminary being
established in Burgersdorp in the 1860's. The seminary later moved, and formed
Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (today called North-West
University). As a result of the church's ongoing involvement, the town is home
to a number of churches which include Dutch Reformed, Reformed, A.G.S., the
A.P.K, Anglican, Roman Catholic and the Methodist.
During the Anglo-Boer War, the Battle of Stormberg was fought in this area, with
a force of 400 Boer commandos against a much larger British force. The British
suffered heavy losses after their defeat by the Boers, however they returned
four months later and recaptured the town. Today Burgersdorp is home to a number
of historical monuments which include the Sentinel, which is a blockhouse or
look-out point built by the British during the war. Other sites of interest in
Burgersdorp include the Afrikaans language monument which was stolen by the
British and then later replaced with a replica which now stands in the library.
Sport and recreation in Burgersdorp features a number of excellent facilities
for fishing, water sport, camping and caravan, golf, rugby, soccer, bowls,
squash, netball, tennis and cycling. Athletics meetings are regularly held in
Burgersdorp, and other notable annual events in the town include the Partridge
Hunt and the Pointer Dog Competition.