Volksrust - Convention Bridge

Just outside of Volksrust on the Newcastle road you will find the remains of an old border bridge (to your right). This was the location of negotiations between Paul Kruger (president of the Transvaal) and Sir Henry Loch (British High Commissioner for South Africa) in 1894 . Due to this event the bridge became known as the convention bridge.

Originally negotiation took place in a tents pitched on an island in the river. However, Sir Henry Lock took ill on the 3rd day of negotiations and a railway carriage was hauled onto the bridge so that each negotiator sat is his own territory. Allowing the parties to continue negotiations and finalize the Swaziland convention.