Rustenburg Travel Blog

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Translated as "town of rest", tranquil Rustenburg, lies in the western foothills of the beautiful Magaliesburg Mountains of the North West province. Rustenburg operates at a slower pace than the buzzing metropolis of neighboring Johannesburg. It serves a large and booming platinum mining industry and a farming community. One of the country's oldest cities, Rustenburg is steeped in history. Within easy distance of its borders, you can encounter both modern-day and ancient attractions appealing to diverse interests. Of course, Rustenburg will have plenty going on during the madness of the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

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 36 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'.

The Royal Bafokeng Stadium

The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace is one of the stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The stadium is named after the Bafokeng people who live in the area. In 1999, the Bafokeng won a legal battle, which entitled them to 20% on the platinum which is mined on their historical land. Hence, they have shares in platinum mining in the area. Upon completion, the stadium will seat 42,000.

The South African national team played a FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Bakino Faso in 2001, and won 2-1. It has been host to many Premier Soccer League games despite Rustenburg not having its own team. The stadium is only a 25 minute drive to Sun City and 30 minutes to the Pilansberg. It is 12 kilometers from the Rustenburg city centre.

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