Also with initial capital, and (formerly) high veldt.
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Partial translation of Afrikaans hoëveld, from South African Dutch hoogeveld, hoogeveldt, see Hooge Veld.
a. The inland plateau of southern Africa, lying mostly between 1 200m and 1 800m above sea-level; formerly called Hooge Veld. See also lowveld, middleveld. b. The grasslands of this region. c. Johannesburg and the area around it (the commercial and industrial centre of the region). Also attributive.
The highveld is one of the major physiographic regions of southern Africa. The South African highveld extends over the Gauteng Province, and includes parts of the Eastern Transvaal, the northern Orange Free State, the Northern Cape, and parts of the North-West Province; the boundaries of the region, based on vegetation, altitude, and prominent physical features, are not clearly defined.
1877F. JeppeTvl Bk Almanac & Dir. (1976) 31In the Southern Districts, and along the highveldt, the habit exists of burning off the grass during the dry winter season, in order to improve the pasturage.
1884‘E.V.C.’Promised Land 14Our trek was uninteresting enough until we reached the high veldt.
1898G. Nicholson50 Yrs 161The pasturage in the low-lying encircling bush veldt is generally of sweeter and better quality than that of the ‘high veldt’.
1900B. MitfordAletta 104The sun flamed down from a blue and cloudless vault, but without much power, for it was about midwinter, and the atmosphere of the high veldt was clear and exhilarating.
1903E.F. KnightS. Afr. after War 286We were still in the low veldt, but throughout this trek we ever saw ahead of us the dark, well-defined ridge that forms the edge of the healthier, cooler, but less fertile and drier high veldt, 1,000 feet above us.
1905J.W. Gregory inRep. Brit. Assoc. 399The old rocks that form the foundation of the present high veldt of Rhodesia.
1910A.B. LamontRural Reader 4The High Veld stretches from the main watershed towards Griqualand West and into the Orange River Colony.
1919M.C. BruceGolden Vessel 69The bitterly cold evenings, which so often distinguish especially the High Veld winter.
1926M. NathanS. Afr. from Within 209In the Free State there is scattered bush, but, on the whole, the High Veld is grass country, with a monotonous landscape, except near Potchefstroom and on the Witwatersrand, where it is diversified by ranges of low hills.
1936H.C. BosmanMafeking Rd (1969) 7I worked it all out once, when I had a pencil. That was on the Highveld, though. But from where we are now, in the Lowveld, the stars are further away. You can see that they look smaller, too.
1940J. BuchanMemory Hold-the-Door 117On the high-veld you have grey-green plains, which carry the eye to an immense distance.
1955A. DeliusYoung Trav. in S. Afr. 54Beyond the trees the Transvaal highveld rolled into the distance, covered, where the land wasn’t ploughed, with the withering long grass.
1963S. CloeteRags of Glory 283In the Transvaal it would be cold now, rainless, clear, with occasional bitter winds sweeping across the high veld from the south.
1977Fugard & DevenishGuest 11Highveld winter landscape. Wide and empty.
1979W. EbersohnLonely Place 43Winter nights on the highveld are cold in a way that people who live in damp climates never experience.
1984Sunday Times 23 Sept. (Lifestyle) 6It was one of those unmatchable Highveld winter days with an unbroken blue sky.
1985W. Botha inFair Lady 20 Feb. 89The Transvaal Highveld houses one of the most competitive, achievement-motivated societies in the world.
1988N. Richards inFair Lady Mar. 96 (caption)Divided neatly into four strips — the highveld, middleveld, lowveld and Lubombo range — the scenery in Swaziland appears to do something different around every corner.
1990E. Koch inWeekly Mail 27 Apr. 9The air over the Highveld..contains some of the world’s highest concentrations of soot, noxious gases and acid rain ingredients.
1990Weekly Mail 21 Dec. (Suppl.) 31The Gereformeerde Blues Band..gave the highveld alternative contingent something to buzz about.
Hence highvelder/ˈhaɪfeldə/noun, an inhabitant of the highveld.
1977A. Cruickshank inThe 1820Vol.50No.12, 19Wine festivals and wine auctions are becoming frequent events...The lucky people in the Cape are able to enjoy these occasions far more often than the Highvelders.
1988Lampert & Fourie inYou 21 Jan. 102Freeloading Highvelders are bankrupting their coastal cousins...The holidays are over and happy Highvelders are bursting with seaside-induced health and vitality. Meanwhile the relatives with whom they stayed are talking to the bank about a personal loan.
1990H.P. Toffoli inStyle Nov. 56Nine out of ten highvelders believe that Durban is a shoppers’ absolute desert, darling.