Richard Henyekane opened the scoring in the 51st minute before Bongani Zungu levelled 12 minutes later.
The Derby started in typical fashion, with the rivals afraid to give anything away, and both were limited to long-range efforts.
Thokozani Sekotlong, left unmarked just outside the area, had the first shot on target, but it was easily dealt with by Wayne Sandilands.
Henyekane had a good chance to take the lead on the half hour mark, when he found himself in acres of space inside the AmaTuks box, but he dragged his shot wide.
Wayne Arendse thought he had given his side the lead two minutes before the break, when he poked home after Washington Arubi spilled an Edward Manqele shot, but the offside flag was raised.
Henyekane opened the scoring six minutes after the break, after Manqele’s misdirected effort fell favourably for him, and he hit home from close range.
AmaTuks pulled level when Jabulani Shongwe’s failed clearance fell to the feet of dynamic midfielder Zungu, who made no mistake.
Mpho Maruping went close to handing Tuks the lead 20 minutes later, in his first appearance of the year, when he shook his defender before unleashing an effort that went inches wide of Sandilands’ right-hand post.
Both sides pushed forward in search of the winner, but the match ended 1-1.
The result means Sundowns stay in 11th while AmaTuks remain in ninth place.