Kathu, The Town Under The Trees
Kathu,‘the town under the trees’, came into being because of Iscor’s iron ore mining activity in the Kalahari. .
Kathu,‘the town under the trees’, came into being because of Iscor’s iron ore mining activity in the Kalahari. Municipal status was allocated to the town of Kathu during July 1979. Kathu is connected by rail (Dingleton Station) via Kimberley as well as by road to all the main centres namely Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Windhoek and Cape Town and has an airport with a tarmac runway. The municipality originally consisted of 2 towns namely Sishen and Kathu. Iskor started developing the town of Sishen in 1953 – south of the mining area. On 23 June 1990 the name Sishen was changed to Dingleton. Development to the new town, Kathu, began in 1974 after proclamation was finalized in 1972.
Kathu, 1230 meter above sea level, is one of the most beautiful and modern towns in the country. It is situated in the Kathu-bush, which mainly exist of majestic camel thorn trees. In 1994 this extensive bush area together with the salt pans, rich in pre-historic foundings, was proclaimed as a nature reserve heritage. There are more than 200 different bird species to be found in these bush areas. The gathering of camel thorn pods used as livestock fodder makes a useful income for many who are jobless. One of the main attractions for visitors is the Sishen Mine, which is one of the largest open iron ore mines in the world. An eye-catching sight for visitors is the gigantic iron ore trucks with loads of up to 220 ton. The ore railway line from Sishen to Saldanha had the distinction of being the longest iron ore carrier in the world. Some of the world's longest ore trains travel through harsh territory on the Sishen-Saldanha railway to offload their cargo at Saldanha Bay. Kumba Iron Ore Ltd is the principal mine operator in Kathu.
Well equipped recreation facilities of the highest quality with a variety of sports facilities, including one of the most beautiful golf courses in the country and Olympic standard swimming bath, as well as modern club and conference facilities are available to the sports enthusiast.