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Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site, just 120km southwest of Johannesburg, is a geological wonder of massive proportions and more than 2million years old. It is a meteor impact site with a radius of 190km and is regarded as the largest, oldest and most visible on Earth. At the very heart of this ancient site is a farm property of 133,5ha, with a major portion dedicated to 2km of Vaal River frontage. Seeff Properties Parys is marketing this property at a price of R13,2m.
The mere positioning, along with the farms 720m≤, three- storey house with engaging views plus a 3000-pecan nut tree orchard, has the potential for ecotourism development and investment opportunities.

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The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) has, in terms of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, granted the application for prospecting rights around the Vredefort Dome, a world heritage site, to White Rivers Explorations (WRE).
This prospecting right pertains to the Vredefort north-east-extension-west application area, which falls within the boundaries of the Ngwathe local municipality. It also includes portions of the farms: Woolridge, Excelsior, Vaalwal, Canford Cliffs, Dundee, Ndidiniwe, Weltevreden, Kitchener, Dorothea, Smaldeel, Modderfontein, Vryheid, Hazerbroeksrus, Morelig, Scafell, Lyndraai, Mara, Prospekt, Mooivlakte, Klipkuil, and Goedehoop.

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Vredefort Dome set for World Heritage status
The government looks set to proclaim the Vredefort Dome as a World Heritage Site by the end of 2009, putting an end to almost four years of wrangling between the state and private landowners over its protection.
The Dome, near Parys, is believed to be the oldest and largest meteorite impact site on Earth, and became South Africa's seventh World Heritage Site in July 2005.

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General consensus has it that southern Africa is the cradle of mankind. However, relatively few people know that a singular extraterrestrial event in the heart of South Africa probably started life overall, but now this truly unique site where life probably started, is under threat. A meteorite larger than Table Mountain slammed into the ground at breakneck speed near what is now Vredefort in the Free State. The resulting thousand-megaton blast of energy was natures equivalent of a nuclear catastrophe. Except that in this case, life was probably given a boost with the development of oxygen and multicellular life linked to the meteorite impact.

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Vredefort

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Latitude: -27.02978, Longitude: 27.43505


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One hundred kilometers south west of Johannesburg, South Africa are the towns of Vredefort and Parys, the latter lying next to the Vaal river. The towns are a short deviation from the N1 highway to Cape Town. In an arc to the north and west of the towns is a partial ring of hills, some 70 kilometres in diameter. The hills are centred on Vredefort, which is shown by the letter "V" in the photograph below, taken from the Space Shuttle. The ring of hills and the area within them is known as the "Vredefort Dome".

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credit: Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory,
NASA Johnson Space Center (Image STS008-35-1296)


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