Bus tour to Bronkhorstspruit and Cullinan on 22 August 2018

Here is a report sent in from Marthie Coetzer about our recent outing to the Nan Hau Buddist Temple in Bronkhorstspruit which was followed by a tour of the diamond mine in Cullinan .

A group of 63 members of the West Rand U3A visited the Nan Hau Buddist Temple in Bronkhorstspruit, where Sipho guided us through two interesting temples with different Buddahs. He then showed us the training centre where young girls were playing drums.

The museum with different styles of crockery and other articles was next and we had a chance for shopping in the shop next door before we left for Cullinan

On arrival in Cullinan our two guides, Byron and Edward, told us the background and history of the diamond mine, and Cullinan itself, which was named after Sir Thomas Cullinan who started mining there. Byron and Edward also told us facts about the famous Cullinan Diamond and the many other big ones found after that.

The trip on two open vehicles through the exiting Premier Mine was very interesting. To see the big hole, which was the open mine, was an eye opener.

The hole in Cullinan is 1km by 500m across and 500m deep. It is actually bigger than the Big Hole in Kimberley but was dug by machinery whereas the Kimberley hole was dug by hand. That is why Kimberley is more famous.

We drove through the terrain of the mine and then onto the high mine dump from where you could see the landscape round the town and the mine.

Back at the start, we saw replicas of the biggest diamonds mined there. Absolutely amazing!

We did not leave without seeing the real diamonds in their different colours at the nearby dealer – and then you realize the old truth…..

Diamonds ARE a girl’s best friend!

 

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The Nan Hau Buddist Temple in Bronkhorstspruit

The Cullinan Diamond Mine

All photographs by Marthie Coetzer