The Kimberley Big Hole is open
28 November 2006
One of Northern Cape's premier attractions has reopened after being closed for the past six months while the whole complex has been undergoing a R52-million revamp. The building crews pulled out all the stops so that the new and much improved "Big Hole" would be open for visitors from Saturday 25 November 2006.
The Big Hole project was birthed out of a partnership between De Beers, provincial government, the Sol Plaatje and Frances Baard municipalities in Kimberley, Northern Cape Tourism and the private sector. It was opened on Thursday 23 November by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Northern Cape Premier Dipuo Peters and De Beers chairperson Nicky Oppenheimer.
The newly revamped site boasts a cantilevered ninety metre viewing platform that juts out over the Big Hole, an audiovisual theatre, an underground mining experience and display of authentic diamonds. There is a lot of new entertainment, things to see, shopping and coffee and curios shops.?
De Beers Consolidated Mines MD David Noko said additional investments would be made to develop the area with a potential R300-million going towards the project. The Big Hole project will be registered as a Section 21 non-profit company.