Carolina, Mpumalanga


 Carolina shown within Mpumalanga

Coordinates: 26°04′01″S 30°07′01″E / 26.067°S 30.117°E / -26.067; 30.117Coordinates: 26°04′01″S 30°07′01″E / 26.067°S 30.117°E / -26.067; 30.117
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Gert Sibande
Municipality Albert Luthuli
Established 1883
  Total 14.66 km2 (5.66 sq mi)
Elevation 1,700 m (5,600 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 16,846
  Density 1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
  Black African 86.8%
  Coloured 0.6%
  Indian/Asian 2.0%
  White 10.4%
  Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
  Zulu 50.6%
  Swazi 25.8%
  Afrikaans 10.6%
  English 4.2%
  Other 8.8%
Postal code (street) 1185
PO box 1185
Area code 017

Carolina is a town situated on the Johannesburg to Swaziland route (R33 and R38) in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. The town lies in the grass and wetlands region of Mpumalanga at 1700 meters above sea level. It is a mixed farming and small-scale coal- and precious-stone-mining community.

Carolina was established by Cornelius Johannes Coetzee as a permanent outspan for wagons when gold was discovered in 1883 in Barberton. The town of Carolina was proclaimed on 15 June 1886 and named after his wife Magdalena Carolina Smit. The town was built on portions of the farms Groenvlei and Goedehoop and the first stands were sold in 1883.[2]

Carolina was rebuilt after it was razed in 1900 during the Second Boer War. A few examples of sandstone architecture are still to be found among Carolina’s public buildings. The sandstone Grobler Bridge which crosses the Komati River on the present R36 route to Machadodorp was opened for traffic in 1897. It was named after Johannes Lodewikus Grobler. The cornerstone of the Dutch Reformed Church was laid by Commandant General Piet Joubert in October 1888. This building was severely damaged during the Second Boer War and used as a horse stable by British troops. The Ermelo Railway Company completed the Ermelo–Carolina–Machadodorp railway line in 1907. This placed Carolina on the trade route with Swaziland.[2] The Komati River and associated Komati Gorge are situated in the vicinity of Carolina.

The very small township Silobela, with its various sections, is situated nearby. Silobela is populated by mostly Swati-speaking people, though there are also Zulus, Ndebeles and a small number of Tsonga people.


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Main Place Carolina". Census 2011.
  2. 1 2 Bornman, H. (1986). Carolina 1886-1986. Pretoria: Sigma-Pers.
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