Rustenburg @ a glance

Rustenburg @ a glance

Rustenburg : “Place of Rest”

An apt description and suggested meaning of our beautiful town’s name. True to the suggestion, Rustenburg is a place where many a wary traveller chooses to put their feet up, sit back and relax. A choice destination for local and international travellers alike.

But do not be fooled, Rustenburg also offers unparalleled opportunities for business or fun, adventure and sheer exhilaration.

Location:

Situated some 112km northwest of Johannesburg, at the foot of the Magaliesberg. Rustenburg is located in the Bojanala Platinum District of the Northwest Province. The word “Bojanala “means tourism in Setswana, while the reference to platinum acknowledges the role of this important mineral in the regional economy.


History and Culture:

Rustenburg was founded in 1851 and is the oldest town in the former Transvaal province. There are a multitude of sites with cultural and historical significance in and around Rustenburg. This is no surprise, given the many different communities in the area, such as the indigenous Bafokeng, Bakgatla and Botswana tribes.

There is also the German community of Kroondal that traces its origins back to 1857. Many Anglo-Boer and ethnic war battles took place in the area with the districts of Koster, Swartruggens and Rustenburg featuring prominent battlefields, memorial graves and ruined forts.

The area also has archeological remains from the Iron Age and Stone Age. The early ivory traders and other travellers called the mountains in this region Cashan after Kgwashwane, the powerful chief of the Kwena Mmatau and it remained that name until about 1840.

Languages:

SeTswana, English, Afrikaans

Population:

Approximately 1 000 000 people

Time:

Geographical location places South Africa in a standard time zone two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time through out the year, seven hours behind Eastern Standard Winter Time and one hour ahead of Central European Standard Winter time.

Climate:

Hot to very hot in summer (August to March)

Temperatures range between 22ºC & 34 ºC (71.6 ºF & 93.2 ºF)
Late afternoon thunder and lightning storms Mild to cold in winter (May to July)
Dry season with cold nights and mild sunny days
Temperatures range between 2ºC & 20 ºC (35.6 ºF & 68 ºF)

Annual rainfall approximately 360mm per annum

The sun can be fierce and the use of a hat and sunscreen is recommended.

Electricity:

South Africa uses 220V/ 230V/ 250V/ 50 Hz

The plug fits a three-pin socket

Telecommunication:

Compatible with the rest of the world. Direct dialling service connects all local centres. International dialling and national area codes can be found in all local telephone directories. A system for cellular mobile phones enables foreign visitors to use their mobile phones in South Africa. Wireless facilities are available where the sign is displayed.

Fauna:

Rustenburg is situated in the Savanna Biome otherwise better known as the Bushveld. With its variety of habitats, the Magaliesberg region provides the ideal setting for over 130 species of trees and a magnificent collection of flowers, ferns, grasses and fungi.

Birdlife:

Many a favourite place in the Rustenburg region exist for birdwatchers who travel to get sight some of the 300 species that have been recorded in the Magaliesberg Mountain range area. Refer to page 20 & 21 for Birds of the Magaliesberg.

Geology:

The Magaliesberg is among the oldest mountains in the world, almost 100 times older than Everest and the creation began almost 2,300 million years ago. The highest point of the mountain range is at Nooitgedacht ,which is 1 852 meters above sea level.

The mountain stretch for 120km from Bronkhorstspruit Dam east of Pretoria to Rustenburg in the west and separate the Highveld grasslands to the south from the Bushveld savannah in the north.

Water run off from the mountains has created deep gullies and wonderful kloofs, some more than 100 meters deep, with perennial waterfalls of crystal clear water spilling from the heart of the mountain.

Mining:

Northwest Province produces 94% of South Africa’s Platinum and 25 % of the gold. These reserves are found mainly in the Rustenburg Brits area. Mining accounts for approximately 1/3 of the provinces GDP.


Activities:

  • Hiking, Abseiling and Mountain Climbing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Game viewing
  • Botany
  • Camping
  • 4×4 drives and quad bike adventures
  • Paintball and war games
  • Action sports indoor arena
  • Canopy Tours and Zip Slides
  • Bungee jumping and bridge swings
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Water sport
  • Angling
  • Shopping and Art exhibitions
  • Emu breeding and produce
  • Team building, conferencing and events
  • Horseback riding
  • Bird watching

Golf:

Facilities compares with the best in the world. No less than 6 golf courses and 2 driving ranges within a 60km radius of Rustenburg including course designs of Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.

Providing world class facilities ranging from relaxing to challenging variances in difficulty.

Organised tours can be arranged to include golf, wildlife and or culture experiences.

Annual events:

  • Annual Magalies Monster Mountain Bike race
  • Annual Old Mutual Rustenburg Mountain Race – Kgaswane Game Reserve
  • Annual Heritage Walk – Madikwe to Pilanesberg along the conservation corridor
  • Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Tournament
  • Hospitality Suppliers Market
  • Platinum Music Festival
  • Million Dollar Pigeon Race

Places of Interest:

  • Boekenhoutfontein is the farm that once belonged to President Paul Kruger. In 1862
    he bought this property about 15km north of Rustenburg. The homestead he built
    there became his permanent residence from 1873. Boekenhoutfontein remained his
    property until his death.
  • Paul Kruger Statue in the CBD. French artist Jean Archand commemorates Oom Paul’s association with Rustenburg. This work of his portrays a dejected leader, Archand explaining that the tragic greatness of Kruger was so apparent to him that “it was forever chiselled in my mind” this sculpture was discovered in Paris in 1919, bought for the Union Government by General Jan Smuts and General Louis Botha. It was deemed not big enough for Church Square in Pretoria and then donated to Rustenburg.
  • Anglican Church (1871) which was tragically badly damage in a recent fire caused by vagrants. This modest Church is one of the oldest buildings in existence in Rustenburg today. It was demolished and moved to it’s current location at the Rustenburg cemetery in 1966.
  • Construction on the Dutch Reformed Church started in 1898 and was completed in 1903. This building had been declared national monument.

Other Places of Interest:

  • Tobacco Research Institute at Kroondal
  • Van Gaalen Cheese Farm
  • Lutheran Church – Phokeng (1865)
  • Lutheran Church – Kroondal, National Monument (1896)
  • Old Kroondal School Building, National Monument (1899 – 1902)
  • Anglo Boer War battle fields
  • Sun City
  • Predator World
  • Pilanesberg National Park
  • Kgaswane Mountain Reserve
  • Royal Bafokeng Sport Stadium

 

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