Thabazimbi, Limpopo, South Africa


Thabazimbi means 'Mountain of Iron' in the Tswana dialect and the regions soil and rocks are indeed rich in iron ore. The town of Thabazimbi owes its existence to the exceptionally rich iron-ore discovered by J.H. Williams at Vliegpoort in 1919. The iron ore has been here for centuries, and was mined first by the Sotho tribes and then by Iscor. 

The government bought the ore body and production for the newly established Iscor. Iscor laid out the town of Thabazimbi, in 1953, to provide accommodation for the employees and later established the Ben Alberts Nature Reserve as a recreational facility.

The mine has one of the biggest shafts in Africa and produces more than 2 million tons of iron ore a year. This makes it one of the biggest industries in the country.