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Kuruman Region – Northern Cape

The region of Kuruman includes the towns of Kathu, Postmasburg, Danielskuil and Olifantshoek and Deben.


Kuruman is a town with 13,057 inhabitants in Northern Cape province of South Africa, famous for its scenic beauty and the Eye of Kuruman, a geological feature bringing water from deep underground to the surface in the Kalahari Desert.

The Kuruman River (which is dry except for flash floods after heavy rain), is named after the town.

Kuruman is vastly known as the ‘the fountain of Christianity’ in Africa due to the flowing springs of the Die Oog and its missionary history of the 'Moffatt Mission'. Known for its 'Oasis of the Kalahari' where a vast abundance of water flows from the 'Die Oog' translated into English as the 'The Eye'. Kuruman is also known for the Moffat Mission where Robert Moffat, a Scottish missionary, was the first person to translate and print the entire Bible into the Setswana African language. Robert Moffatt helped build the Moffatt Church which was completed in 1838. Kuruman was a London Missionary Society mission station founded by Robert Moffat in 1821 and the place where David Livingstone arrived for his first position as a missionary in 1841.

Kuruman has relatively mild weather patterns compared to other Northern Cape towns, such as Upington and Springbok, and is surrounded by more vegetation as compared to the Upington and Springbok, which are surrounded by desertic environments.


Kathu is a town in South Africa, and the iron ore capital of the Northern Cape province. Its name means "town under the trees", after the Camel Thorn forest it is situated in. The phrase "the town under the trees" was coined by an engineer working in the town in the early 1990 as part of a tourist marketing drive, together with the accompanying graphic. It was intended to be a marketing slogan. The meaning of the word "Kathu" has anecdotically been attributed to a porridge brewed by the local population from the powder found in the pods of the Camel Thorn trees.

Kathu was founded in the late 60's early 70's.

Kathu is perfectly in between Upington and Vryburg with about a 2 hour drive to each. Kimberley is a 3 hour drive away.

Camel thorn tree forest

The Camel Thorn tree Acacia erioloba forest is one of only two in the world with the other being between Mariental and Rehoboth in Namibia. Its uniqueness was recognized in the early 1920s when it was declared a State Forest. In 1995 it was registered as a Natural Heritage Site. The Kathu forest is approximately 4000 hectares in size and these Camel thorns trees provide support for large Sociable Weaver’s nests and are used by many other bird and animal species. In fact surveys has shown a moderate to high diversity in animal and plant species, including several Red Data, endemic and protected species in and around the forest. Bigger trees in the forest are reckoned to be older than 300 years.


The town and the accompanying industrial area of Sishen came into being because of iron ore mining activity in the Kalahari — it has one of the five largest open-cast iron ore mining operations in the world.

Some of the world's longest ore trains travel through harsh territory on the Sishen-Saldanha railway to offload their cargo at Saldanha Bay. Kumba Iron Ore is the principal mine operator in Kathu.


Kathu has a golf course and a small, well-stocked game reserve also adjoins the town.

The town has a well established sporting complex including tennis courts, swimming pool and a golf course. One of the tennis courts is named after veteran tennis player Herta Hegewisch.


Postmasburg is a town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, located approximately 170 km east of Upington. Proclaimed a town on 6 June 1892 and named after the Rev J Postma, (1818-1890) a Reformed Church founding member whose congregation sought a centre of worship. The town is complemented by a dam surrounded by lush, green vegetation and sparkling fountains.

Postmasburg is 67km north of Griquatown and 58km west-south-west of Daniëlskuil. Originally a station of the London Missionary Society called Sibiling, it became a Griqua village with the name Blinkklip.

The town achieved municipal status in 1936.

The South African Army's Combat Training Centre is located nearby, at Lohatla


Daniëlskuil lies at the foot of the Kuruman Hills, 90km south of Kuruman. Tswana occupied the land on which it is built before it became home to the Griqua. Passing through in 1816, missionary James Read named the place ‘Fraaifontein’.

Other sources quote ‘Koup’ and ‘Tlakalatlou’ (seTswana for ‘elephant’s reed’) as its name. The name, ‘Daniel’s Den’ was first found in documents by the missionary, Campbell, in 1820. The name derives from a natural crater in a limestone formation, reminding observers of the Biblical story of Daniel.

Historians have found no evidence supporting the legend that early Griqua inhabitants used this sinkhole as a prison. Though small, the town thrives on limestone quarrying, diamond mining and the large farming community.


Olifantshoek is a town in John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.

Village 60 km north-west of Postmasburg and 80 km south-west of Kuruman. It developed from a police post and is administered by a village management board. The name is Afrikaans and means "elephants corner" or "elephants glen", referring to elephant skeletons found there. Possibly it is translated from Tswana "ditlou".

A. Company History

ERA Kuruman region sorts under Independent Eiendomste CC, located in Vryburg in the North West Province. Kuruman offices opened its doors in August 2007 and rapidly expanded to the rest of the region and well to the extent where we are market leaders in the field of real estate. The Kuruman region is independently managed.

B. What we do

Our focus is on real estate and apart from Rentals and Sales of residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural properties, we offer specialized services in a variety of property matters.

Strategy & Vision

a. Vision statement

ERA will always be the global real estate company of choice for buyers, sellers and realtors. We pride ourselves on Client Service Excellence.

b. Mission statement

Buyers and Sellers will have total confidence that they are dealing with a skilled professional, who provides an extraordinary level of service with the highest level of integrity.

Era Sales Associates are ethical, forward-thinking and results-orientated professionals who take positive approach to real estate.

Era Sales Associates will always have the best tools and training to enjoy a competitive advantage.

c. Values

ERA embrace four core values:

  • Accuracy with all information, with all our agreements, and impeccable integrity
  • Availability: “Always there for you” is not only our slogan but a value that we live by
  • Partnerships: Building of real partnerships with our clients with an aim to change them into loyal friends
  • Advice: To add value for our clients by giving advice that we obtained through continuous training and experience in the industry.
d. Growth strategy

The company’s main growth strategy is organic growth by means of better service delivery and better trained staff. Any economic viable acquisitions will also be considered. Organic growth is also possible by expanding our footprint in adjacent areas and regions.

e. Products & Services
  • Marketing properties “for sale” or “to let”
  • Buyers, sellers, tenants and owners advice
  • Tax and legal advice with property transactions
  • Help in obtaining finance
  • Property valuations and market analysis
  • Property valuations and market analysis
  • Reduce risk in rentals
  • Full Rental management solutions
  • Administrate and manage Property Body Corporates
  • How to choose an Estate Agent
f. Business competitiveness

With our core values of Accuracy, Availability, Partnerships and valuable Advice combined with continuous training embracing technology ERA will always be the Real Estate Company of choice.

g. Quality policies
With proper policies, training manuals, Sales and Rental Associate working manuals with proper systems that incorporate automatic quality checks ERA ensures that all services delivered are of consistent high quality

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