- Northern Cape
North of Springbok on the site of a fountain known to the Nama people as Nababeep, meaning the 'water behind the little hill', a booming copper-mining town grew up.
Mining began in the 1850s and, from 1876, ore was taken to Port Nolloth by train, for export. The mine closed during the copper slump of 1919, but reopened in 1937.
It is home to the Okiep Copper Company and the region’s largest copper-mining town. At night, when the molten ore glows and the white hot slag is being carted to the waste dumps, Nababeep is a spectacular sight.
The Clara, a little puffing billy locomotive, once used to haul trains on the narrow-guage railway to Port Nolloth, now stands on a pedestal in the town.
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