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The home of the England team's training camp for the World Cup 2010 and venue for their opening game against the USA, Rustenburg is very truly on the map this year.

60-second guide to Rustenburg

in its own head

"Tourists love our city's relaxed pace of life and excellent amenities, providing the perfect backdrop to the big game, whether that is on the pitch or on the plain."

but more realistically

Situated in the heart of the savannah at the foot of Magaliesberg mountain, this otherwise peaceful historic city will spring into life when the England football team turn up this summer.

the vibe

Rustenburg is a fairly wealthy place with a blissful climate, which all adds up to a relaxed and safe atmosphere where visitors can easily tap into the locals' great quality of life.

the natives

Football crazy. Expect impromptu games on any bit of space big enough to contain two men. They are even turning one of the city's schools into a fan zone, complete with big-screen coverage of the 2010 World Cup matches.

the weather

With winter temperatures a balmy 16 degrees, the England lads should have no need for joggers. In the summer it climbs to a tropical 31 degrees, so schedule your sporting activities for late afternoon.

the local speciality

Be sure to wear elasticised shorts if you plan to indulge in potjiekos, literally 'small pot food', a heavily spiced stew of meat and vegetables served with rice or potatoes.

the celebrity

John Cyril Cranko, the esteemed ballet dancer and choreographer, was born in Rustenburg before heading to England to make his name with hit musical revue Cranks.

did you know?

Over 75 per cent of the world's supply of platinum comes from the Rustenburg region.

they say

"Quiet, good for security - close to the stadium where we play the first game. Everything is OK." - football manager Fabio Capello

5 to see in town...

1. Royal Bafokeng Stadium

The property of the Bafokeng people, who also own shares in the region's platinum mines, this is where 2010 World Cup action begins for England, and the lucky ticket holders who will see the game live.

where to park?

Park-and-ride areas for football supporters will be in operation during the World Cup, leave your car at the Kloof Holiday Resort (near the Kloof interchange of the N4) and jump on a shuttle bus.

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2. Rustenburg Golf Club

If you've got a thing for smaller balls, take your best slacks for a turn around the city's green. Officially ranked the country's 76th best course, those in the know claim it's highly underrated and boasts a fantastic atmosphere.

where to park?

Just off Bethlehem Drive, there is a spacious on-site car park.

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3. Waterfall Mall

The beating heart of Rustenburg's nightlife, and with a multi-screen cinema and loads of shops for daytime entertainment, this is where the WAGs are sure to be hanging out come the weekend.

where to park?

The mall's car park has over 3,000 bays. The entrance is on Augrabies Avenue.

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4. Fatima Bhayat Street

Fancy a late-night feed or mid-afternoon snack? Known as 'takeaway central', this is the place for food on the go.

where to park?

The street may have been recently pedestrianised, but you can find metered parking spaces in the surroundings roads - try Berg or Plein Streets.

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5. Olympia Park Stadium (fan zone)

Usually home to rugby matches, Olympia Park Stadium will be temporarily changing its sporting allegiances for the 2010 World Cup and waving hello to an estimated 30,000 cheering footy fans.

where to park?

Try the on-site car park, or if you fancy a few beers, take a bus from the central business district.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Sun City

Make like a Bond villain with a visit to Sun City's Vegas-style casinos, huge waterslide park and concert arena - set in the heart of an ancient volcano.

how to get there?

Roughly 30 miles from the city centre, take the R565 north and turn right at the R556 (signs for Mogwase).

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2. Magaliesberg Nature Reserve

Reedbuck, kudu and 11 other species of antelope are dinner for the leopards, hyenas and jackals that also call this place home. Game drives are available with luxury accommodation if you're not quite ready to rough it.

how to get there?

Take the R24 south and after 30 miles turn left at the R560 (signs for R560/Hekpoort). The T4 leads to a toll zone and the park's entrance. The journey should take one-hour 30-minutes.

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3. Pilanesberg National Park

A brilliant location for safari-seekers on a budget. If you're lucky, you'll see all of the Big Five here - that's lions, leopards, buffalo, rhino and elephants, plus the odd giraffe.

how to get there?

Travelling north, take the R565 and turn right at the R556 (signs for Mogwase). Take the first left towards Kubu Drive and follow Ntshwe, Nare and finally Moloto Drives until you reach the park.

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4. Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria

One of the oldest stadiums in South Africa, Loftus Versfeld has been hosting sporting events since 1903.

how to get there?

An 80-mile drive from the city, follow the N4 east towards Ga-Rankuwa.

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