Rustenburg at a glance
In the North West Province, at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range lies the bustling city of Rustenburg. Author and poet, Eric Rosenthal, wrote a book called “Rustenburg Romance” and described its natural springs and healing environment early in the 19th century. Much has changed since then, but it is still a nature lover’s paradise with wildlife literally on Rustenburg’s doorstep.
Many people visit Rustenburg for its cultural and historical significance. The town was established in 1851 – which is long before Pretoria or Johannesburg - and was a fertile farming area. Paul Kruger, former president of the South African Republic, made his home here on a 5-square kilometre farm (you can see his statue in front of the town hall). The Paul Kruger Country Museum, Boekenhoutfontein, which was the homestead on his farm, is now a culturally rich tourist attraction.
There are also a number of ethnic battle sites that can be explored in and around Rustenburg, mostly from the Second Boer War in 1899. There were also battles amongst the indigenous Bafokeng, Bakgatla and Botswana tribes. It is very moving to walk along the battlefields, memorial graves, forts, and even archaeological remains from the Iron and Stone Age.
The popularity of buying property in Rustenburg comes at no surprise. It’s only a ninety-minute drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, is usually five degrees warmer than Gauteng, and is surrounded by natural bushveld vegetation and the Magaliesberg mountain range.
The number of residential estates are rising all the time, and most property buyers choose to purchase Rustenburg properties in the region of R800 000 to R1.5 million. This usually equates to a decent-sized 3-bedroom home. Investors have also seen the value of purchasing property to convert into a bed and breakfast or self-catering AirBNB. When one looks at the number of international tourists to the area this is understandable.
Perhaps top of the list is Sun City and the Lost City, the world-famous resorts found behind the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. This reserve is just outside Rustenburg and is the fourth largest National Park in South Africa. Tourists flock here to view lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. The reserve is situated in the crater of an extinct volcano, which was formed over 1300 million years ago.
Just north of the Pilanesberg, are two further game reserves – Madikwe and Groot Marico Park. Madikwe has the second largest concentration of elephants in South Africa. The Hartbeespoort Dam is a nearby attraction that offers plenty of water activities, as well as irrigation for the entire region.
Rustenburg is known as the Platinum City, and the biggest platinum mine in the world, owned by Anglo American, is located about 3 kilometres from the town centre. The world’s largest platinum refinery (Precious Metal Refiners) processes around 70% of the world’s platinum. Rustenburg is also easily accessible and is located on major highway routes. It was one of the host cities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, sporting the private 42 000 seat Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
There are a number of primary and secondary schools in Rustenburg and many parents flock here due to the high academic and sporting standards. One school, Die Hoerskool Rustenburg, has the most provincial athletes of any school in South Africa.
Rustenburg is reported to be the fastest growing city in South Africa, and no longer lives up to its Dutch name which means “town of rest.” This city is bustling and growing and owning property in Rustenburg has become competitive. It’s easy to see why.
Suburbs in Rustenburg
- Protea Park.
- Rustenburg Central.
- Safari Gardens.
Transfers 12 Months Aug 2016 - July 2017
All inclusive (Residential Developed, Full Title & Sectional Title & Vacant Land)
Units = 1123
Value = R893 518 000
Average selling Price = R795 652.72
Sectional Title only same period:
Units = 395
Value = R280 351 000
Average Price = R709 749.37
Full Title only same period:
Units = 513
Value = R431 728 000
Average Price = R841 575.05
2017 YTD Stats:
Average selling Price:
Sectional Title = R610 000
Free Hold = R900 000
Vacant land = R440 000
Number of Transfers for 2017 YTD = 539, breakdown below:
Sectional title = 219
Free hold = 264
Vacant Land = 56
Average buyer & seller age group = 41% - 43% = 36 - 49
Period of ownership highest percentage = 11 years +