Platinum City

Rustenburg, the platinum city. Ever since the great trek, the first trek-boer colonisers established a small town at the foot of the Magaliesburg mountain range. A place of rest after the arduous 1000km+ journey by ox-drawn wagons, found its name, translated from early Dutch ‘Rus-ten-burg’ or ‘Rest-against-the-mountain’.

Established in 1851, post-apartheid Rustenburg is the largest platinum producer in the world and now sees tremendous growth in the past 10 years. Currently the fastest growing municipality in South Africa. The population now stands at over 500 000. This is the metropole of Rustenburg as it stands today, seen through my lens.

 

The Cashane Hotel, entrance to CBD

The M.O.T.H. hall, stands in memory of WWII vets

 

The old Synagog, standing adjacent to the MOTH hall

 

Smith’s Dairy on Heystek street, now closed down.
The Transvaal Hotel, a long standing legend in Rustenburg’s CBD area

 

Saloons, pub brawlers paradise on Zendeling street

 

President Thabo Mbeki (previous Smit Street)

 

Abandoned car wash, industrial area

 

The Springbok. Long-standing landmark on the outskirts of the city.

 

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Over view of eastern part of cbd, as seen from the windows of Cashane hotel

 

e
Head office, ABSA Rustenburg

 

d
Municipality building

 

f
Main thoroughfare through the platinum city, en route Sun City and then Botwana

 

a
A cargo container, out of commission.

 

c
A house in East-end

 

b
Gambling house, East-end
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