Zeerust, Central Region

Mixed farming and mining of minerals (lead and chrome) are the backbone of the economy in the bushveld town of Zeerust. Attractions include the Kleinfontein Memorial, Kaditshwene Village Ruins, the Zeerust Museum, Marula Kop (an Iron Age settlement 50km north of Zeerust) and the Madikwe Game Reserve (90 km north of Zeerust).

Deep in the heart of the North West Province, just past Groot Marico, and on the way to Botswana, is the commercial town of Zeerust. This is part of the Ramotshere Moiloa Municipality, and is nestled within the unrivalled beauty of the exquisite Marico River Valley.

Having been established in 1867, Zeerust has a long and interesting history. It was originally a farm, on which a fort and a church were built. This was the beginning of what would grow and develop into a town. Originally, it was known as Coetzee-Rust, which was then shortened to its modern name. It soon became popular as a trading town.

The town occupies an area of just over 57 square kilometres and is home to about 10 000 folk. Most of the local inhabitants speak either Afrikaans or Tswana. The landscape around it is made up of citrus, cattle, maize, wheat, and tobacco farms, which lend the countryside a breath-taking splendour. In addition, mining is an important industry here, with chromite and fluorite being the main products available.

Because Zeerust is situated N4, it is on the way to Botswana. As a result, tourism is a growing industry here. Tourist attractions in and around Zeerust include the Dinokana Mission Lehurutshe, Ikalafeng Monument, Kleinfontein Memorial and Marula Kop.

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