ACCOMMODATION IN KATHU
This pleasant town with its fabulous golf course, small game reserve and palm trees exists purely to serve the Sishen Mine, with which it contrasts rather markedly. For this is one of the biggest open cast iron mines in the world. You can tour it if you like, and marvel as enormous diggers rip up the earth and load them onto gigantic trucks that would make an eighteen wheeler look like a child’s toy. It will eventually extend 12km, and it produces almost 30 million tons of ore a year. And it’s then shipped to Saldanha on trains of over two kilometres long. Everything about this mine is big.