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Last updated on Tuesday 22 November 2011

SPRINGBOK

Die Klipkoppie

Situated right in the center of town

In modern days this is a landmark used by many when they give directions to some place in town .... "At the klipkoppie turn left", or "Drive past the klipkoppie and then you will see this or that on you right hand side ..." .... "NO in the OTHER direction past the klipkoppie! :-)"

It is also decorated over the Christmas season for the annual Lights Festival taking place in early December.

The plaques on the klipkoppie however also tells of live and death in history, when during the Anglo-Boer war of 1899 to 1902 shots where fired and people died here in a fight for control of this koppie as a strategically placed stronghold.

The vegetation on the koppie is typical of the area, and can be regarded as a miniature nature reserve. Many a photographer has captured the koppie in varying angles and degrees of sunlight.

Die Klipkoppie in die middel van Springbok

The Blue Mine Situated against the center of town, on the road to Kleinzee to the right where it leaves town with a sharp bend to the left and start ascending the hill.

The Blue Mine is recorded as the first commercial mining endeavour in South Africa, and started operations in the mid-nineteenth century (1852-1862). The mineral involved was copper, which was primarily the driving force behind the establishing of Springbok, Okiep and Nababeep as formal towns. The blue tinge of the rocks in the mine is a result of copper coming into contact with oxygen in the air. Nearly two centuries has lapsed since the first discovery of copper in the area by Simon van der Stel, Governer of the Cape, at Carolusberg in 1685.

The following inscription appears on the plaque  erected on the viewpoint of the mine by the National Monuments Council in 1979: 

"BLUE MINE, SPRINGBOKFONTEIN - THIS OPEN MINE, LATER KNOWN AS THE BLUE MINE, MARKS THE SPOT WHERE COPPER ORE WAS FIRST MINED IN 1852 IN ECONOMIC QUANTITIES IN SOUTH AFRICA. THE MINE, WHICH INITIALLY BELONGED TO THE PHILLIPS AND KING COMPANY, CHANGED HANDS SEVERAL TIMES UNTIL IT WAS ACQUIRED IN 1937 BY THE O'OKIEP COPPER MINING COMPANY"

     

NABABEEP

The mine museum

It is situated on the right hand side against the koppies as you enter Nababeep from the N7 (Springbok), just past the nice big supermarket on your right hand side and as the road make a natural turn to the left.

Nababeep se uitsig na die Ooste toe

Mine museum Nababeep

Mine museum Nababeep

Train at the mine museum Nababeep

To us the picture below with the mine dump in the bckground against the koppie, and the little building in front with its "sinkdak", captures the atmosphere of the town in the peak period of the mining activity.

Impression of the mining era in Nababeep

OKIEP

Okiep mining remnant

Remnants of the Copper Mining Era

After Springbok, Okiep followed with the copper mining industy. Driving through town one soon realizes that the mining remnants in the center of town tells of an era gone by. The impact of missionary activities in the past is still visible in the number of and architecture of the churches in town.

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Okiep mining ventilation tower