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Richards Bay, South Africa

January 2nd, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Richards Bay is one of South Africa's largest harbours. It is situated on a 30 square kilometre lagoon of the Mhlatuze River, (forceful), on the northern coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

It began as a makeshift harbour that was set up by Commodore of the Cape, Sir Frederick Richards during the Boer War of 1879. In 1935 the Richards Bay Game Sanctuary was created to protect the ecology around the lagoon and later by 1943 it expanded into the Richards Bay Park. The town was laid-out on the shores of the lagoon in 1954 and proclaimed a town in 1969. In 1976 Richards Bay harbour was converted into a deep water harbour with railway and an oil/gas pipeline linking the port to Johannesburg. Two aluminium smelters and a fertiliser plant have been erected at the harbour. Iron ore, rutile (titanium oxide) and zircon are mined from the sand dunes close to the lagoon by Richards Bay Minerals Richards Bay Minerals. Local exports include coal, aluminium, titanium and other heavy minerals, granite, ferrochrome, paper pulp, woodchips and phosphoric acid.

Richards Bay is a very popular kitesurfing destination. The area has good consistent winds blowing from the North East. Highly ranked kitesurfers are a common site in the city.

Other activities include fishing, game viewing, bird watching, kayaking, yachting, cycling.bonsai,martial arts

A multitude of first class game reserves are within 1 to 2 hours drive from Richards Bay. [] The city is served by Richards Bay Airport.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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