Pilgrims Rest Mpumalanga
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 07:44
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Pilgrims Rest is a gold mining town dating from 1872. In the 1970s it was restored as a living museum of the period 1880-1910. It includes a tented diggers' site and reduction works and is one of South Africa's most iconic tourist attractions. Plans were on the table to declare the town a world heritage site which did not materialise. Since the Department of Culture Sports and Recreation took over the town it has been suffering from a lack of maintenance, neglect, as well as the lease scandal that affected the town a few years ago when all lease agreements of the established businesses were cancelled causing an outcry countrywide and thus put on hold. Pilgrim's Rest is declining rapidly due to the state of disrepair and subsequently a loss of tourist feet and income. The town with its many features has the potential to regain its status as prime tourism destination.

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