Postmasburg is surrounded by green growth that is fed by a dam and several fountains. The town was proclaimed in 1892 and named after the Reverend J Postma, a founding member of the Dutch Reformed Church. Postmasburg even had its own diamond rush. The first diamond was discovered in 1918 and an open-cast mine grew as a result. The mine was permanently flooded in 1935 and Postmasburg still boasts its own “Big Hole”, just like Kimberley. Although diamonds are still mined here, the most important mineral is manganese.
Adventure and Sport
4×4 Trails: The Witsand Nature Reserve has several 4×4 trails. Hiking and Biking: Witsand Nature Reserve can be explored on foot or on bikes.
Hunting: Contact the Northern Cape Hunters’ Association for more information.
Archaeology and Palaeontology
Blinkklipkop (“Shining Rock Hill”): Archaeological finds indicate that the Khoisan attempted mining in this area as early as 700 AD. They mined specularite, which is a soft form of haematite. This stone was used as a cosmetic and in certain rituals.
Fauna and Flora
Postmas Diamond Mine: Postmasburg’s own “Big Hole”, which was flooded with water in 1935, is 45 m deep and filled with fish.
Witsand (“White Sands”) Nature Reserve: Witsand is a rare jewel in the treasure house of the Kalahari. Imagine a vista of creamy white dunes, 10 km long and 5 km wide, nestling in the folds of the surrounding red Kalahari dunes. Apart from their unique colour, these dunes are also known for the eerie roaring sound that the sands at Brulsand (“Roaring Sands”), the most southerly section, make when they are disturbed. It is only during the period from September to April that the sands “talk”. The reserve protects a highly sensitive ecosystem and many of the plants in the reserve are found nowhere else in the world. Bird lovers are particularly drawn to the Witsand Nature Reserve.
History and Architecture
Reformed Church: The blue dolomite stone building was built in 1908. The Reverend Dirk Postma Statue stands nearby.
Howitzer Gun: The impressive gun stands at the civic centre. It honours the men of Postmasburg who died during World War II.