Rustenburg is in the heart of the savannah bushveld in the North West Province. Nestled at the foothills of the breathtaking Magaliesburg Mountains, the highest point is 1,852m above sea level and was 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. 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.
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.
While the town of Rustenburg offers many hotels for visiting football fans, it is difficult to argue against Sun City. Recognised by the World Travel Awards as Africa’s Leading Family Resort, the property offers a myriad of different entertainment and relaxation opportunities, as well as enough attractions and activities to keep everyone busy.
Rustenburg’s mines produce over 80 per cent of the world’s platinum
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.
The Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace is one of the stadiums built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and is named after the Bafokeng people who live in the area.
In 1999 the Bafokeng won a legal battle which entitled them to 20 per cent 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 44,530.
The South African national team played a FIFA World Cup qualifying game against Burkina Faso there 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 kilometres from the Rustenburg city centre.
The Hartebeesport Dam is a popular local attraction for visitors
Name: Rustenburg. The city’s name originates from Dutch.
Province: North West
Geography: Located on the Highveld Plateau with low mountains and grasslands in the north western part of South Africa.
Climate: Rustenburg enjoys a sub-tropical climate with temperatures around 16°C during winter and 31°C during summer. The climate is generally ideal for year round outdoor activities.
Key Economic Sectors: Mining, Agriculture
Professional Football Clubs: Platinum Stars (Premier)
Group A: Mexico, Uruguay
Group C: England, USA
Group D: Ghana, Australia
Group E: Denmark, Japan
Group F: New Zealand, Slovakia