Mokopane / Potgietersrus
Mokopane (officially renamed from Potgietersrus in 2003), acts as a getaway destination and as a stop-over for travelers en route to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kruger National Park. The area is typical bushveld with many acacia trees and aloes, which display their beautiful blooms in June and July.
The village Vredenburg was established by the Voortrekkers and renamed Piet Potgietersrust after the slain Voortrekker leader Piet Potgieter. The towns name was changed to Mokopane in 2003 in honour of King Mgombane Kekana who defeated the Voortrekkers at Moordrift.
The economy of Mokopane used to be basically farming, until the opening of Anglo American’s platinum mine.
The Mokopane area is one of South Africa’s richest agricultural areas, producing wheat, tobacco, cotton, beef, maize, peanuts and citrus. The area around Mokopane is rich in minerals with the mining of platinum, diamonds and granite.
Attractions in and around Mokopane include:
– The historic and archaeologically significant Makapansgat caves are situated 15 km north of the town.
– The Arend Dieperink Museum portrays the history of the town, from the ape-man at Makapansgat, Bushmen paintings and early activities in the area up to the South African War and recent times.
– In the adjacent township of Mahwelereng traditional lifestyles, set against the spectacular Waterberg, can be observed.
– Mokopane also offers outdoor activities ranging from hiking, camping and 4 × 4 trails to birding, angling and game viewing.
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