Located at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range in South Africa's North West Province, Rustenburg serves many agricultural communities and enjoys a sub-tropical climate, providing ideal conditions for year-round outdoor activities.
Rustenburg is also known as the platinum capital of the world — it houses the two largest platinum mines and the largest platinum refinery in the world.
Altitude: 1,500 metres
Sightseeing: The Sterkfontein limestone caves were declared a World Heritage Site in 2000 — fossils discovered at the site date back more than three million years. Valley of the Waves is the most advanced water park South Africa. The Rustenburg Nature Reserve covers 4,500 hectares, while the Pilanesberg National Park is the fourth largest in southern Africa. Named after one of its favourite native sons, the Gary Player Golf Course is ranked as one of the best golf courses in South Africa.
Here's an interesting fact: The city's name originates from Dutch and means place of rest.
Local soccer clubs: Platinum Stars (Premier League).
World Cup climate: Temperatures range from 16 C during the day to a low of 2 C at night.
World Cup stadium: The Royal Bafokeng Stadium boasts a seating capacity of 45,000 and is named after the Bafokeng people who live in the local area. The South African national team played a FIFA Cup qualifying game against Burkino Faso at the stadium in 2001, and has been host to many South African Premier Soccer League soccer games.
2010 World Cup matches: England vs. United States on June 12; New Zealand vs. Slovakia on June 15; Ghana vs. Australia on June 19; Mexico vs. Uruguay on June 22; Denmark vs. Japan on June 24; and one second-round match.