Welcome to Bethal!
Bethal is a farming town in Mpumalanga. It is famous for producing maize, sunflower seeds, and potatoes.
It all started back in 1880 on a farm called Blesbokspruit. This town received its name from parts of the farm owner’s wive’s names.
Elizabeth du Plooy & Alida Naude
Since 1921, it then became a municipality.
Petrus Johannes Naude Cornelius Michiel du Plooi were the founders. Unfortunately, Petrus died in 1890.
More Information about the Naude family?
Did You Know? The earliest Naude residents were all farmers. Their original ground received the name of Naudesfontein.
They say that leaders rise above the restrictions of everyday life. That is exactly who Petrus Johannes Naude was. Till today he is still known as a leader and a entrepreneur. He saw success in creating Bethal.
Great grandma Gerbrecht predicted that someday people will be able to fly, before the first airplane landed in Bethal in 1920. This was a jaw dropping experience for everyone to see, even the schools closed to witness this experience.
Church Record: D Naude (full name unknown) was sentenced to 9 months censorship by the consistory after he was in communion with Mrs. Oneel.
Below is a written poem dedicated to Great grandma Gerbrecht:
Jou somber beeld
ets pyn af teen die
Jou hande wys die
was en aanhou
was in kouewater
Jou oë is strak, vol goeie
van jou groot familie
Jou tenger lyf was
eenmaal jonk, so
lees ek in die boek
In die stiltetyd van
lank voor broeikaste
vloei uit Calvinisties-
die volle evangelie:
‘n fris knaap knap
‘n halfjaar na
die eg gebore