eNtokozweni (Machadodorp) was named after a Portuguese surveyor and Governor of Mozambique, Joachim Machado, who established the route of the railway line from Maputo (formerly Lorenzo Marques) to Pretoria. The town developed with a railway station opened on 10th July 1894.

The town was the seat of the Republican government for a few months in 1900 after the evacuation of Pretoria during the Anglo-Boer War. Its brief moment of glory ended when it was shelled by the British.

A radioactive spring reputed to have powerful healing qualities surfaces at eNtokozweni (Machadodorp) and baths have been built around it.

A bronze plaque marks the house where President Kruger stayed.

Trout are abundant in the Elands River running through the town.

Machadodorp was officially renamed eNtokozweni - meaning 'Place of Happiness', on 16 October 2009.

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