Amsterdam, Mpumalanga

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Amsterdam is located in Mpumalanga
 Amsterdam shown within Mpumalanga
Amsterdam is located in South Africa
Amsterdam (South Africa)
Amsterdam is located in Africa
Amsterdam (Africa)
Coordinates: 26°37′01″S 30°40′01″E / 26.617°S 30.667°E / -26.617; 30.667Coordinates: 26°37′01″S 30°40′01″E / 26.617°S 30.667°E / -26.617; 30.667
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Gert Sibande
Municipality Mkhondo
Established 1866
 • Total 8.13 km2 (3.14 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 6,769
 • Density 830/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 90.4%
 • Coloured 0.8%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 7.4%
 • Other 0.9%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Zulu 78.6%
 • Afrikaans 8.0%
 • Swazi 6.2%
 • English 2.1%
 • Other 5.1%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street) 2375
PO box n/a
Area code 017

Amsterdam is a small town which consists of a below average working class population located in Mkhondo circuit in Mpumalanga South Africa and encompasses a large swati population as a result of the Swaziland border which is relatively close to this area.There are large plantations of gum, pine and wattle trees in the area. The town also boast of a peaceful community with rich culture and heritage.

The Town is located some 77 km east of Ermelo. Part of a Scottish settlement established by Alexander McCorkindale in 1868, it was proclaimed a town in June 1881. At first called Roburnia, in honour of Scottish Poet Robert Burns, the name was changed on 5 July 1882 to Amsterdam, after the Dutch city where the State Secretary, Eduard Bok, was born, and out of gratitude for Dutch sympathy during the First Anglo-Boer War (1880-1881).[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Amsterdam". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 60. 
  • Carleton Jones High School year book 1992