Ga-Masemola Residents

Ga Masemola is a village community about 180 KM North East of Pretoria/Tshwane. The area was founded in the 16th century by Masemola, the fourth son of Matlebjane II the great King of Batau[disambiguation needed].

Batau broke away from mainline Swazi nation around 1100 AD.They then settled at Wakkerstroom and then Seokodibeng, a place that is now called Lake Chrissie. They then left Lake Chrissie (Seokodibeng) going to Mokwena River (which today is called Crocodile River). This is the place that Batau established themselves as a nation outside the mainline Swazi. On these Mpumalanga Mountains, great rivers and valleys, marshes and forests, the placed the hand on it, they placed their mark on it, cleared and plowed and sowed. They built and fought over it. By around this area which is the ancestral land of all Batau all over the world it was to be dwelt by foreign people of European origin long after Batau have moved on. They called the area Dullstroom.

In the 1880s emigration to South Africa was strongly encouraged by president Paul Kruger and support committees were set up throughout the Netherlands. In 1883 a company, under the leadership of Wolterus Dull, was established to strengthen ties between the Netherlands and South Africa. The first settlers from the Netherlands arrived during the period 1884-1887 let by Wolterus Dull. The area was proclaimed as a town in 1892 by Paul Kruger and was originally named Dull's-stroom, later simplified to Dullstroom, after the settlers’ leader Wolterus Dull and the Crocodile River (stream), which flows nearby.

Matlebjane II had five sons. The first son was Seloane, second Mogashoa, third Phaahla, fourth Masemola and lastly Photo.

The Batau lived at the Mokwena River for a period spanning 200 years. This was a time of relative peace and stability. Some people believe that their ruins and remains are still visible there in Mokwena (Crocodile) River, Dullstroom.

Main sections in this village include Setlaboswana, Makhutšo, Mogaladi, Mphane, Makgwabe, Malope, Mahlolaneng, Mamatšekele, Vlakplaas, Wonderboom, Lekurung, Apel Cross, Thabampshe, Phsiring, Mabopane, Moraleng and Mahubitswane. The capital of the village is Phsiring, which is where the Royal Palace is situated.

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