Lothair, Mpumalanga


 Lothair shown within Mpumalanga

Coordinates: 26°23′00″S 30°26′00″E / 26.383333°S 30.433333°E / -26.383333; 30.433333Coordinates: 26°23′00″S 30°26′00″E / 26.383333°S 30.433333°E / -26.383333; 30.433333
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Gert Sibande
Municipality Msukaligwa
  Total 4.28 km2 (1.65 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 6,099
  Density 1,400/km2 (3,700/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
  Black African 96.4%
  Coloured 1.2%
  Indian/Asian 0.4%
  White 1.2%
  Other 0.7%
First languages (2011)[1]
  Zulu 74.7%
  Swazi 17.9%
  Afrikaans 1.6%
  English 1.2%
  Other 4.5%
Postal code (street) 2370
PO box 2370
Area code 017

Lothair is a village located 65 kilometres (40 mi) northeast of Ermelo and 29 kilometres (18 mi) southeast of Chrissiesmeer, in the Msukaligwa Local Municipality in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. Situated on the Bonny Brook in an area settled by Scottish immigrants, it was surveyed in 1878 and named after Lothair, the novel written by Benjamin Disraeli and published in 1870.[2]

Lothair is at the end of a railway line from Ermelo; the Swazilink project aims to connect this line to the Swazi Rail network at Sidvokodvo in Swaziland.

It houses a small community that depends on working on the farms for a living.


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Main Place Lothair". Census 2011.
  2. "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 281.
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