The capital of Mpumalanga and home to the Pumas rugby team, Mbombela, has changed a great deal since its humble beginnings.
Then Nelspruit, it was founded in 1895 by the Nel brothers, who grazed their cattle along the Crocodile River in the winter. It owes much of its early success to the Eastern Railway Line.
With the help of Mpumalanga Heritage and the society's vice chairperson, Marius Bakkes, we got to see how the city has evolved over the years.
Situated on corner Henshall Street and Samora Machel Drive/N4, it is hard to imagine that what is today known as the Orion Hotel Promenade, used to be the town hall.
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