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Volksrust is a town in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa on the KwaZulu-Natal Province border. The town has important beef, dairy, maize, sorghum, wool and sunflower seed industries. It was established near to where the Battle of Majuba, wherein the Transvaal won its independence back from the British, was fought. Dorothea de Jager, daughter of Dirk Uys, one of that battle's victims, named the town Volksrust (People's Rest), persumably because it was here that the Transvaal soldiers had rested. During the second Boer War the British built a concentration camp here and many Boer women and children died.
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