Big Hole closed from July to November 2006
31 July 2006
De Beers has invested R50 million in the upgrade of the the Big Hole heritage site into a world-class tourist facility. In the interest of safety the Big Hole area will be closed to visitors from the end of July to the end of November 2006.
SPECTACULAR VIEWING PLATFORM GOES UP AT BIG HOLE
Construction started in July on a spectacular new viewing platform at the Big Hole, Kimberley. Once completed, the cantilevered platform will give visitors a thrilling viewing experience as the end of the platform will suspend them right over the edge of the hole.
The viewing platform is yet another step in the construction work that is proceeding at the Big Hole precinct. The facade and audiovisual theatre is rapidly taking shape and the underground experience is being constructed at the same time.
The safety of visitors now becomes paramount in this heavy construction phase and for this reason the Big Hole area will be closed to visitors from the end of July to the end of November 2006 when the new facility will be launched, after which it will reopen to visitors.
De Beers has invested R50 million in the upgrade of the museum to transform the Big Hole heritage site into a world-class tourist facility. The project has been run as a public private partnership with the key players being the provincial government, Sol Plaatje municipality, Frances Baard District municipality, Northern Cape Tourism and De Beers.
Once completed, the Big Hole is expected to attract a significant number of visitors and tourists to Kimberley and the Northern Cape. The project has been a robust vehicle which has enabled De Beers to support local and black empowerment companies.