After exploring Middelburg, it is clear that there is a lot more to this Cultural Heartlands’ town than many might expect.
Photos By: Katy La Grange and Corine de Jonge
The working week is drawing to a close, the commute, the grind and the pressure can all be left behind. But, what now? Collapse in front of the televions and wait for the next working week to loom up like a storm on the horizon? Or, throw off the shackles, chase a dream and let the adrenaline embrace you and the memories be formed. Enjoy time to yourself or share it with friends, recharge your batteries, invigorate your body and brain and banish those workday blues!
Sarah Mahlanga is a woman of many talents, trained as a nurse, now an established guesthouse owner, caterer, events coordinator, and teacher. She won South Africa’s first ETEYA (Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award) and was flown around the globe to promote tourism. Yet her heart has always remained in the township she grew up in and her passion for uplifting others has never waned.
I don’t believe in Ghosts, but I do love snooping round old buildings and hearing fascinating tales of mystery, murder and intrigue. So the Middelburg Ghost Tour was a must and I really wasn’t disappointed.
With local reporter Corine de Jonge as our guide, we left Middelburg Tourist Information office in a minivan in search of our first ghost.
Photos By: Katy La Grange, Corine de Jonge, Marisa Smith
The Highveld grasslands are as iconic of the Cultural Heartlands as the Ndebele, with kilometre after kilometre of rolling grasslands stretching out in all directions, occasionally interrupted by a meandering river system or open dams.
Photos by: Corine de Jonge and Hannes Kruger
When it comes to buying all things Ndebele, Little Elephant Craft Market situated next to the Midway Inn on Cowen Ntuli Street, Middelburg is the place to go. This beautifully designed collection of shops is home to a range of talented cultural artisans making everything from beaded traditional dress to Ndebele dolls, model houses and beautiful African bags.
Mpumalanga’s Cultural Heartlands can be found in the South-Western corner of the Province, bordering Gauteng and Limpopo.
Photos By: Katy La Grange & Corine de Jonge
In the centre of the Cultural Heartlands lies the often overlooked town of Middelburg. A stopping point halfway between Gauteng and the Kruger Lowveld, there is much more to this Mpumalanga Town than people realise.
Photos by: Katy La Grange & Corine de Jonge
Situated on the N4 just outside Middelburg, between the N11 and R35 junctions, Pienaardam is a great getaway for anyone looking to escape the city!
Photos by: Katy La Grange and Courtesy of Pienaardam