Amsterdam, Mpumalanga

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Amsterdam
Amsterdam is located in Mpumalanga
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
 Amsterdam shown within Mpumalanga
Amsterdam is located in South Africa
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
Amsterdam (South Africa)
Amsterdam is located in Africa
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
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
Area[1]
 • 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]

References[edit]

  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