I have just returned from half a years' biking all over Southern Africa. Considering the crime rate in South Africa, Mpumalanga is way down and easy going. Being sufficiently far away from the commercial hubb Johannesburg and having no real big business centres, it is one of the quiet, more rural areas. Having grown up in northern Natal (now KwaZulu) I think the people living there are quite laid back compared to the Zulu people.
After having seen the presentation of Lois Pryce, travelling all on her own through western Africa from the UK to Cape Town (see Lois on the Loose
), I should say that riding a bike in Mpumalanga is less of a risk ;-) Taking the general precautions, like not riding in the dark, not stopping unnecessarily on frequented roads, not camping in the wild, I don't consider it a big risk.
Only when we pause to wonder
do we go beyond the limits of our little lives.