Ermelo is an industrial and commercial centre, they specialise in mixed farming of the following: beans, cattle, lucerne, maize, pigs, potatoes sorghum and sunflower seeds. Ermelo has mining of the following: anthracite, coal and torbanite. Ermelo was built on the site of a church that was built in 1871 by Reverent Frans Cachet. The site was named after a loyal friend of the Reverent. Ermelo was a town the friend use to live in, in the Netherlands. Ermelo was used as a stopover place for wagon trains that were travelling between Lydenburg and KwaZulu-Natal.