Rustenburg City Guide

2010-05-10 10:06
Rustenburg is in the heart of the savanna bushveld. The city is in the North West Province, nestled at the foothills of the breathtaking Magaliesburg Mountains. The highest point in this mountain range is 1,852m above sea level and has been a tactical region for many battles for land during the early 1800s.

The region is rich in mineral wealth and boasts the most platinum mined in the world making it the platinum capital of the world. Mining, therefore, provides the most employment in the area. It is home to one of the country's richest tribes, the Bafokeng Nation.

Rustenburg is also 30 kilometres from the sensational Sun City. Internationally renowned as Africa 's premier holiday resort. Sun City offers a myriad of different entertainment and relaxation opportunities, as well as enough attractions and activities to keep everyone busy. It incorporates The Palace of the Lost City. Attractions at this resort include hot air balloon rides, The Valley of Waves and a 25-hectare jungle.

The Hartebeesport Dam, only 40 minutes from Rustenburg, is a getaway for many people, and the easy pace of life at the dam is a great place to unwind.

The Bafokeng people originate from this area. Bafokeng means 'people of the dew'. They are originally from the Bakwena people, and settled near in the area more than 200 years ago. The 36th reigning monarch is King Leruo Molotlegi.

It has a strong Voortrekker (Dutch farming settlers) influence and was one of the first cities of importance in their history. In 1851, they named the city Rustenburg, which means 'place of rest'.

Platinum Stars, owned by the Royal Bafokeng Sports Holding, are the only professional side from Rustenburg. The team, which has positioned itself as one of the front-runners over recent times, has purchased some of the country's finest talent including Dillon Sheppard, Jabu Pule Mahlangu and former Tottenham Hotspur defender, Mbulelo 'Old John' Mabizela. Platinum Stars are coached by former Bafana Bafana player, Steve Kompela. Garankuwa United are another side hailing from the North West who currently ply their trade in the First Division.

Kaizer Chiefs, Moroka Swallows, Orlando Pirates, Silver Stars and Jomo Cosmos have all used the Royal Bafokeng Stadium as their as alternative home venue.

Rustenburg’s Soccer World Cup Stadium
The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace is named after the Bafokeng people who live in the area. The 42 000 seat stadium will host 6 matches in total.

For full information on this stadium, click [here]

Top things to do
* Visit one of the numerous Game Reserves, including the Pilanesburg, or Rustenburg.
* Visit Sun City and enjoy the active lifestyle, casino, and nightlife.
* Play golf on the Gary Player Golf Course, home of the Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge.

Getting around
To get around the city, you can use trains, buses, minibus taxis and metered taxis. Park and ride facilities in Rustenburg will be available, and there is parking at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium as well.

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The Hartebeesport Dam offers a great boating day out. (SA Tourism)

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