|Municipality||Pixley Ka Seme|
|• Total||25.43 km2 (9.82 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,660 m (5,450 ft)|
|• Density||950/km2 (2,500/sq mi)|
|Racial makeup (2011)|
|• Black African||79.6%|
|First languages (2011)|
|Postal code (street)||2470|
Volksrust is a town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa near the KwaZulu-Natal provincial border, some 240 km southeast of Johannesburg, 53 km north of Newcastle and 80 km southeast of Standerton.
The town was laid out in 1888 on the farms Boschpad Drift, Rooibult or Llanwarne, Verkyk and Zandfontein, and proclaimed in 1889. Municipal status was attained in 1904. It has important beef, dairy, maize, sorghum, wool and sunflower seed industries.
Dorothea de Jager, daughter of Dirk Uys, one of the battle victims, named the town Volksrust (Nation's Rest) and probably refers to the citizens resting here after the Battle of Majuba on 27 February 1881, when the Transvaal won its independence back from the British. During the Second Boer War the British built a concentration camp in Volksrust, where many Boer women and children died.
Media related to Volksrust at Wikimedia Commons
- "Main Place Volksrust". Census 2011.
- "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 462.
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