The small town of Charlestown had its beginnings as a railway junction. In the 1890's the Durban railway line came to an abrupt halt when President Paul Kruger refused permission for the line to enter the Transvaal until the Pretoria - Lourenco Marques line is complete. Charlestown grew around this junction and was named in honor of Sir Charles Mitchell, Governor of Natal.
One of the oldest towns in Mpumalanga was established in 1859. As no surveyor was available, Dirk Uys and two assistants laid out the town. The village was originally named 'Marthinus-Wesselstroom' but was later renamed to 'Wesselstroom' and then later the name changed again to the current 'Wakkerstroom' after the local river.
Amersfoort - 42km North of Volksrust
Amersfoort was proclaimed in 1888 on land donated by two farmers for the purposes of starting a new congregation. Reverend Frans Lion Cachet founded the parish and named the town after a town with the same name in the Netherlands.