News - Article written for AGS News Letter, June 2010

Matthew Warner has written the following article for the AGS Newsletter, June 2010







The England World Cup Team arrive in South Africa on 3rd June to train at the brand new, state-of-the-art Bafokeng Sports Campus, based in Phokeng in the North West Province of South Africa


The Royal Bafokeng Nation (RBN) is a small 300 000 strong community led by a King, Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi and located in the middle of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, the richest source of platinum group metals in the world


The mining of the South African diamond started in the 1860s. Thousands of fortune seekers from around the world flocked to Cape Town, the capital of the British governed Cape colony, before undertaking the 1500 km trek north of the arid western and Northern Cape to the mining town of Kimberly.


In the 1920s, geologist Hans Merensky discovered in the Rustenburg Valley the surface outcrop of arguably the world's greatest ore body, known as the Bushveld Igneous Complex. In particular, substantial reserves of Platinum Group Metals (PGMSs) such as platinum, ferrochrome, rhodium and palladium were discovered on land owned by RBN.


The Royal Bafokeng Nation has the only community owned stadium to be played at during the FIFA 2010 World Cup Finals. The Bafokeng's traditional capital of Phokeng is partnering up with adjacent Rustenburg (the official host city) for 5 first round matches, as well as 1 second round match. England plays USA there on 12th June 2010.


Matthew F Warner'

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