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Piet Retief

Afrikaans name: Piet Retief

The busy town of Piet Retief

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The town of Piet Retief was founded in 1883.

The areas surrounding the town are used mainly for timber production although there is some mining. The Mondi Forest Pulp and Paper Plant is located nearby.

One of the main features of the town is the impressive Dutch Reformed Church building which was constructed in 1921.

The town serves as a central point for a number of outdoor activities including hiking, fishing and bird-watching.

Piet Retief is situated on the N2 highway which links Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. It sees a lot of through traffic and has many facilities to cater for tourists.


References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 136

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 291

Go Birding in the Transvaal - Author: Brendan Ryan and John Isom - Year Published: 1990 - Page: 51

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 176

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 223

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 24

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 123

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