Bethal was proclaimed a town in 1880 on a portion of the farm Blesbokspruitand got its name using parts of the names of ElizaBETH du Plooy and ALida Naude, who were sisters and the wives of the owners of the farm on which the town was proclaimed.
The town is situated in the Cosmos Country of the Mpumalanga province and is a beautiful farming community of mainly maize, potatoes and sunflowers. The fields of bright yellow sunflowers are truly a spectacular sight to see! Bethal is the headquarters for the Eastern Transvaal Agricultural Co-Op, as well as the Transvaal Potato Co-op and is host to an annual Potato Festival held early in May. Hundreds of visitors travel from all over South Africa to attend this delightful event. This is where talent of different diverse cultures is showcased and promoted.
The town is also a mining community. It contains 20 coal mines and 3 gold mines which are always exciting to experience and tour.
The interesting Bethal Museum is situated in the old magistrates office which has been beautifully restored to its original 1910 state, and has been declared a national monument. One should also visit the Memorial Square where Boer soldiers, killed in a nearby battle, are buried.
As Bethal is predominantly a farming community, one should go on an Agricultural Tour where visitors have the opportunity to visit the Rusticana Holstein Dairy Farm. Here, one can witness an unbelievable feat where in only 6 minutes, 26 cows are milked! Delicious locally grown goodies can be feasted on and the serene nature of this beautiful area can be experienced.
Bethal boasts a
back in the olden days feel with its rich cultural heritage, monuments and interesting history. It is a lovely little town and a must to experience.
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