During the Anglo-Boer War, Ladysmith was the center of attention and now serves as a commercial hub for the vast agricultural region surrounding it. After being besieged from October 1899 until March 1900,
Ladysmith, founded in 1850 on the banks of the Klip River and named after Sir Harry Smith's Spanish wife, served as a stopover for fortune seekers en route to the gold fields in the then-Transvaal and the diamond mines in Kimberley. Today, it serves as a gateway to the central and northern Drakensberg, whose peaks provide an elegant backdrop to the city, especially during the winter months when a light dusting of snow covers their peaks.
The British were in a perilous position due to the siege of Ladysmith. Approximately 12,000 British soldiers were tasked with defending a besieged town, but the Boers viewed this as a strategic move that could destabilize the United Kingdom.
The Qedusizi dam was constructed for water storage in 1997. living up to its name, which means "suffering," by flooding its banks annually for the past 150 years. It is approximately 4 kilometers outside of Ladysmith, while the 6000-hectare Spioenkop Nature Reserve is only 35 kilometers away. This dam is located near the Anglo-Boer War battle site of Spioenkop and provides opportunities for yachting, fishing, and water-skiing!
Article Courtesy of www.sahistory.org.za/place/ladysmith