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Mpumalanga towns


Breyten

The town of Breyten

Breyten

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Breyten is a small town situated between Carolina and Ermelo. Residents of Breyten tend to visit Ermelo for shopping and other purposes not readily available in Breyten.

Coal mining is the main commercial activity in the area although there is also farming. Most of the residents of the town are employed in the mining and related industries.

A pan on the main road between Ermelo and Carolina, near the Breyten turnoff, offers good bird-watching opportunities. A number of wading birds, such as flamingos and stilts, can be seen.

References and further reading

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

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 173

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 34

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Delmas

Delmas CBD

Delmas

Photo © Steven Herbert

Delmas is a small town near the border of Mpumalanga and Gauteng. It is located in an important crop growing area with potatoes, wheat and maize being grown. The town was founded on the farm Witklip, in 1907. Witklip was owned by a Frenchman, Frank Dumat, who referred to the farm as "de la mas" which is French for "small farm".

Delmas is not known as a tourist destination but it is located near Johannesburg and Pretoria and some people go there for weekend getaways. It has a 9-hole golf course and it is well placed to visit Bronkhorstspruit Dam.

Hammer and Anvil Monument

The Hammer and Anvil Monument in honour of the Delmas 22 (1985-1989) and Delmas 4 (1989)who were tried for treason

Photo © Steven Herbert

Delmas NG Church

NG Church in Delmas

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Malelane

The town of Malelane is positioned on the edge of Kruger National Park

Malelane is a small town on the main road to Mozambique

Photo © Steven Herbert

Whether you call it Malelane or Malalane you are talking about the same busy little town on the highway to Mozambique.

This town was originally centred around the farming industry, particularly sugar, but it is becoming more and more of a commercial hub.

Malelane is very close to Malelane Gate into Kruger National Park and because of this it also has links to the tourist industry.

References and further reading

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 295

Country Life - Issue 209 - Author: - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 41

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 190

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 31

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Tonteldoos

Tonteldoos

Tonteldoos

Photo © Mickey Herd

The village of Tonteldoos is situated near the town of Dullstroom in Mpumalanga. It was established in 1883 by Dutch settlers.

It gets its name from the Dutch word for "tinderbox" but the connection of the tinderbox to the town is not known for sure but the most widely believed story is that a land surveyor lost his tinderbox in the area.

The town has a few accommodation places and visitors can enjoy the peace and quiet of the country.

Tonteldoos

Countryside near Tonteldoos

Photo © Mickey Herd

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