Steve Tshwete Municipality is situated 1 492 metres above sea-level on the main road to the Mpumalanga Lowveld and the Kruger National Park.
BOTSHABELO a historical township which dates from 1865.
its buildings form the museum complex,
a Ndebele village, where people still live in true traditional manner, while practising their bead art and culture,
a nature reserve where 24 species of wild life prevail.
the caravan park on the banks of the Klein-Olifants river offers relaxation in a rustic atmosphere.
Picnic areas and braai facilities..
The Little Elephant
The Little Elephant Ndlovu Encane Arts and Crafts Market, situated at the Midway Inn Hotel.
A job creation project that give entrepreneurs the opportunity to make and sell their products at the market.
Different cultures are showcased at the market.
Beadwork, baskets, leather and glasswares, ethnic clothes, pottery and paintings are sold here.
Background & History
During 1866 the original Middelburg was established halfway between Pretoria and Lydenburg on the farm Sterkfontein which was purchased by the Durch Reformed Church in Transvaal. The town was first known as Nazareth, but later on the name was changed to Middelburg. The first erven was sold on 11 March 1867.
The Town Councils of Middelburg and Mhluzi, as well as the Management Committees for Eastdene and Nasaret amalgamated during 1994 to form the Transitional Local Council for Middelburg.
Middelburg was the first town in Mpumalanga to amalgamate in terms of the Local Government Transition Act, and the proclamation to establish the new TLC appeared in the Mpumalanga Provincial Gazette, No 2/1994 on 16 November 1994.
Middelburg retain its charm of fresh air with very low pollution levels, a moderate climate of warm summers and cool winters, and an amazing average of nine hours of sun a day.
Entertainment & Recreation
MIDDELBURG COUNTRY CLUB
The Country Club has an excellent 18-hole golf course, a modern club house with a ladies’ bar and meals can be enjoyed in a fully equipped restaurant. Other facilities include three squash courts, six tennis courts, a swimming pool and two bowling greens. The club also offers overnight facilities in the form of 40 chalets. The club also has a conference centre.
The following facilities are available at the four sports facilities that are strategically placed in the Greater Middelburg area.
The facilities are made up of the following:
a) Kees Taljaard sports complex and stadium.
b) Mhluzi sports stadium.
c) Eastdene sports stadium.
d) Nasaret sports stadium.
THESE GROUNDS MAKE PROVISION FOR THE FOLLOWING:
Rugby 2 Fields (2 under floodlights)
Bowls 2 Greens (1 under floodlight)
Netball 6 Courts (2 under floodlights)
Basketball 2 Courts
Korfball 6 Courts (6 under floodlights)
Tennis 15 Courts (2 under floodlights)
Yoke-skey 36 Pits (Under floodlights)
Hockey 1 Field (Under floodlights)
Cricket 2 Ovals
Swimming pool 2 (1 Olympic sized and 1 Recreational)
Soccer fields 8 Fields (2 under floodlights)
Athletics tracks 3
Model aeroplane aerodrome
THE MODERN INDOORS SPORTS COMPLEX CATERS FOR THE FOLLOWING:
The local athletics club and marathon club also utilize the facilities. There are a large variety of sports clubs that use the building as a get together facility. The angling clubs, the cycling clubs, the horse riding clubs and the pigeon clubs are all representatives of sport and recreation in Middelburg.
Fishing and skiing are some of the popular sports practised at Middelburg Dam.
A serviced caravan park are on the dam banks for accommodation to campers and anglers.