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Botshabelo, Mpumalanga

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Country  South Africa
District  Nkangala
Postal code (street)  9781
PO box  9781
Province  Mpumalanga
Municipality  Steve Tshwete
Area code  051
Botshabelo, Mpumalanga Middelburg including Botshabelo Travel Information

Botshabelo ("place of refuge" in the Northern Sotho language) in the district of Middelburg, in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, originated as a mission station established by Alexander Merensky of the Berlin Missionary Society (BMS), in February 1865 in what was then the Transvaal Republic (ZAR). Merensky had fled with a small number of parishioners following the attacks on his previous mission station, Ga-Ratau, by the soldiers of Sekhukhune, the king of the baPedi. Within a year of having established the mission station, the population had grown to 420 persons.

Botshabelo, Mpumalanga Botshabelo Mission Station

The BMS focused on providing schooling and bringing the gospel to people in their own language. Hence the Society’s missionaries were often at the forefront of publishing Bible translations, dictionaries and grammars in indigenous languages. It was as part of this process that Africans, duly trained and sometimes salaried, were accepted into the Society as teachers, catechists and lay-preachers, the so-called Nationalhelferen or national helpers.

Botshabelo, Mpumalanga Middelburg including Botshabelo Travel Information

One of these was one Jan Sekoto who was sent for further training in Germany. Returning earlier than anticipated, however, he took up a teaching post at Botshabelo. Sekoto’s son Gerard Sekoto, born at Botshabelo in 1913, would later emigrate to Europe, obtaining French citizenship and achieving considerable renown as an artist.

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Besides the vestiges of the past, today Botshabelo is a living museum for the Ndebele architecture.

Notable people

  • Esther Mahlangu

  • Botshabelo, Mpumalanga Botshabelo Mpumalanga Wikipedia

    Botshabelo, Mpumalanga Botshabelo Mpumalanga Mapionet


    Botshabelo, Mpumalanga Wikipedia

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