As its foundations are in gold mining, Pilgrim’s Rest is no stranger to gold-panning. And last week the historical town hosted the South African National Gold Panning Championships.
The event is run by the South African Gold Panning Association over four days. The association has made it its goal to develop the championships to meet the standards set by the World Gold Panning Association.
Team Mpumalanga was the winning provincial team and, looking at the winners in each category, it is not surprising.
The World Goldpanning Championships will be held in Poland next year and the big news is that Pilgrim’s Rest will be hosting the world Goldpanning Championships in 2023.