Middelburg is a large farming and industrial town in the South African province of Mpumalanga located 170 km from Johannesburg, 140km from Pretoria and 200km from Nelspruit. The setting is enhanced by a moderate climate of warm summers and cool winters, and an amazing average of nine hours of sun a day.
Middelburg was established as Nazareth, (root from dry land), in 1864 by the Voortrekkers on the banks of the Klein Olifants River. The name was changed in 1872 to Middelburg to mark its location between the Transvaal capital Pretoria and the gold mining town of Lydenburg.
A Dutch Reformed Church was built in 1890 and became a focal point in the area. The British built a large concentration camp in Middelburg during the Second Boer War. The Memorial Museum was built at the site next to the 1,381 graves of women and children that died in the concentration camp.
The Middelburg Nature Reserve incorporates the 38km Loskop Dam, the longest in South Africa. The Dam has become a top spot for freshwater fishing enthusiasts and a venue for fishing competitions. The Forever Resorts on the banks of the dam provide accommodation and plenty of activities for the family. Not only is the dam the preserve of fisherman, but also of those who like to go out on a boat for the day.
For golfers, there is the Middelburg Golf Course and a host of other courses from which to choose in the area. A well maintained country club also provides facilities for tennis, bowls, swimming pools, and has a bar, hotel, dining and function rooms.
Middelburg is also the birthplace of celebrated South African playwright Athol Fugard and the municipality is named after Steve Tshwete of sporting fame.
Today, Middelburg, en-route to the Kruger National Park, is one of the growth points of the province. It boasts a number of good restaurants and the Middelburg Mall, just off the N4 on the Bethal Middelburg road and has a wide range of shops and restaurants offering quality goods and services. The town has a government hospital and clinic, as well as a private hospital, and several public schools.
There's a strong sense of community, with numerous, well-established interest groups for activities such as photography, bird watching, community development and active charity groups like Rotary, Lions and Round Table.
Middelburg is home to many people somehow involved in the mining industry - from contractors and administrative personnel to managers and engineers. Many of the new incomers to the town are from areas like Rustenburg, Lydenburg, Secunda, Ellisras and Kathu.
Most properties in Middelburg are priced at R1.3 million and below, but there is also a price range between R1.4 million and R2.5 million boasting more exclusive property.
Rental properties fetch prices of between R7500 and R18 000 per month, with the most popular price range being R8500 to R9000 per month.