Sandboarding might not be something you’d immediately associate with Gauteng, but aspiring snowboarders who are short of options to hone their skills can at least keep at it until they reach snowy areas.
Thanks to some smart creative people, it’s no longer impossible, since they found a way to use mine dumps which are scattered around the East Rand.
They have transformed these iconic reminders of early, deep-level mining in Johannesburg into places of pleasure.
On Saturdays and Sundays, adrenalin junkies can get professional instruction and spend a hugely physical day mastering downhills on the dunes.
At the mine site of New Modder in Benoni on the East Rand is a dump called Mount Mayhem. They use dune boards (actually, original snowboards), boots and goggles, and they whoop it up down the slopes of Mount Mayhem.
Over a hundred years of gold mining has given something thrilling to adrenalin junkies.
A favourite is Mount Mayhem, situated just outside of Benoni, used by Pure Rush Industries for close on 20 years, as just one of its many adrenalin sports offerings.
Climb to the top of the mine dump, strap your feet into the board, and then hop off the lip of the course and enjoy the ride.
Visit purerush.co.za to get your adrenalin rush.
Photo credit: Gauteng Tourism Authority
This article first appeared on 702 : How crafty Joburgers found a way to make use of mine dumps