Port Nolloth is the only natural harbour (for small craft) in the Northern Cape and comprises infrastructure that dates back to early mining activities. The port was founded in the late 1800s as an export facility for copper from mines located in the Springbok area. This activity ceased in the 1940s. The infrastructure has now become more appropriate for support services to offshore mining operations, due to many limitations of the waterside and the port has since acted mainly as a support facility for the fishing and offshore mining industries.

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