"but there is a place called Hofmeyr already"
President Jan Smuts (right) and his Deputy Jan Hofmeyr (left)
Public DomainPresident Jan Smuts (right) and his Deputy Jan Hofmeyr (left) - Credit: from "Jan Hofmeyr, Heir to Smuts", by Tom Macdonald, published April 1948

Hofmeyr is a town in the Karoo, in the shadow of the Bamboes Mountain Range, about halfway between Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth. 

It takes its name from Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr, who served as a Cabinet Member in the government of Prime Minister Jan Smuts.  Hofmeyr stood in as Prime Minister several times during the period of the Second World War, when Smuts was frequently abroad.