North West is a province of South Africa. Its capital is Mafikeng. The province is located to the west of the major population centre of Gauteng.North West was created after the end of Apartheid in 1994, and includes parts of the former Transvaal Province and Cape Province, as well as most of the former Bantustan of Bophuthatswana. It was recently the scene of political violence in Khutsong, Merafong City Local Municipality. (Merafong has since been transferred to Gauteng province.)
North West Province Apart from its enviable setting in the western Magaliesberg, there's always plenty to see and do in the popular holiday resort of Rustenburg. From there, less than half an hour's drive takes you to the glamorous Sun City Resort and its enormous range of leisure options.
Nearby, you have an excellent chance of spotting the "Big Five" at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. History buffs will be fascinated by Mafikeng, and in particular its museum, which has exhibits relating to the Siege of Mafeking, the Barolong people and the Bushmen. The towns of Lichtenburg, Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom are of interest from a historical point of view. Sun City is internationally renowned as one of South Africa's premier holiday resorts, offering a multitude of attractions and activities to keep everyone occupied. With its combination of golf, game and gambling, as well as world class hotels, Sun City is the perfect choice for any holiday in South Africa. Sun City is conveniently located about two hours' drive outside Johannesburg. Sun City in South Africa has much to offer.
Sun City’s attractions are varied enough to appeal to the most divergent of tastes. The chance to win a fortune is a major drawcard for most visitors, who head straight for the Sun City Casino or the entertainment centre, a huge cavern that hums with feverish excitement as jingling slot-machines disgorge coins then gobble them up again at a ruthless rate.
The Superbowl, in the entertainment centre hosts rock concerts and beauty pageants, world championship boxing events and banquets. Shows like Baletsatsi, with dancers, gymnasts and circus people, take place in the 620 seater Sun City theatre in the Sun City Hotel. Gourmets will delight in exploring the many fine restaurants that offer everything from haute cuisine to hamburgers, while those who prefer burning kilojoules to consuming them can choose from a range of sporting activities.
The crater of a long extinct volcano is the setting of Pilanesberg National Park - a fascinating alkaline complex produced by volcanic action some 1 300 million years ago. Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature. The area is fringed by three concentric ridges or rings of hills - the formation rises from the surrounding plains like a bubble. Pilanesberg has survived ages of erosion and stands high above the surrounding bushveld plains. The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites throughout the park.
The North West province has 4 district municipalities and 20 local municipalities, listed below.