Amersfoort

This small town was named after a town in the Netherlands and was proclaimed in 1888. The town lies 1 664 m above sea level and the Skulpspruit (“Shell Stream”) flows close by. The township of eZamokuhle (“to make it beautiful”) adjoins the town. The original town was totally destroyed during the Anglo-Boer War and […]

Amsterdam

In 1866 a Scotsman, Alexander McCorkindale, bought the land on which the town was established from the Transvaal government in order to establish a “new Scotland”, to be peopled by Scottish immigrants. It soon turned out that McCorkindale’s get-rich-quick immigration scheme was doomed to failure even though he did succeed in getting more than 50 […]

Badplaas

Badplaas is situated at the foothills of the Ndlumudlumu Mountains (“Place of Much Thunder”). Swazi tribes first discovered the natural hot sulphur spring bubbling out of the earth and named it “Emanzana“ (healing waters). Two white hunters later bought the land from the Swazi chief and built a trading store there. They also advertised the […]

Breyten

Called “KwaZanele” by the locals, this small town was named for the owner of the farm on which the town was laid out. The town lies 1 794 m above sea level on the watershed between the Vaal River system that flows westward towards the Atlantic Ocean and the Komati and Olifants River systems that […]

Carolina

After gold was discovered at Barberton, a permanent stopover for transport drivers was established on a farm in the Carolina area in 1885. The owner of the farm insisted that the fledgling village be named after his wife Carolina. However the local inhabitants call the village “Silobela”. The village suffered severe damage during the Anglo-Boer […]

Ermelo

Ermelo time is real time! Why? Because the town is situated on 30 degrees east longitude, the measurement on which South African Standard Time is based. The economy of the Ermelo area is based on coal-mining and agriculture and it is also South Africa’s principal source of anthracite and torbanite. The town was established in […]

Morgenzon

When Mzilikazi and his followers left Zululand in 1825, they settled for a time at Bloukop, a village not far from the present-day town of Morgenzon. They later crossed the Limpopo to settle in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. The village of Morgenzon (“Morning Sun”), about 47 km south-east of Ermelo, was founded in 1912 on a […]