Municipality: Camdeboo Local Municipality
District Municipality: Cacadu District Municipality
Bethesda, meaning Flowing Waters, is named after a Biblical place with this name. Nieu is Dutch, meaning New.
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Nieu Bethesda was founded in 1875 by the Reverend Andrew Murray in a small valley through which water from the mountains flow. The story of its name giving involves a later misunderstanding by someone who did not understand Murray's Dutch properly. Murray's words for establishing the town were: Laten sy dese plaats nu Bethesda noemen. The Dutch word Nu was later misunderstood as New, instead of Now (the English of this sentence is: Let us now name this place Bethesda). Nieu Bethesda became a municipality in 1886.
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