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Upington is situated on the banks of the Mighty Orange River, which is one of the largest rivers in South Africa. Upington is rich in culture and history. The banks of the mighty Orange River (one of South Africa’s longest rivers) and was established in the 1800s when it was a mission station, from which it developed and was recognized as a town in 1884.
Upington’s most famous wines are produced by an organization generally known as Orange River Cellars (ORC). The organisation has six depots in the area (all of them on the banks of the Orange River) at Upington, Kanoneiland, Grootdrink, Kakamas, Keimoes and Groblershoop. The wines from ORC are exported, inter alia, to Europe and the USA.
Upington has a modern airport with scheduled flights provided by SA Airlink (an affiliate of South African Airways). One of the airport’s runways is 4900m in length.
Upington Businesses are mostly located within the Nelson Mandela drive in the Upington CBD.
Major factories are located to words the outwards regions of the town; the industrial area.
In the first half of the 20th century there was a passenger train service from Cape Town to Upington. Until the 1950s a narrow-gauge railway line (two-foot gauge) ran from Upington to Kakamas and Keimoes, two nearby towns. The trains carried passengers and freight, being mainly dried fruit. The line to Kakamas was still in use during the November 2010 grape harvest season.
Shopping in Upington is characterized by High Street shopping, with most of stores located along the Scott, Schroder, Nelson Mandela and Mark streets. Upington has a mall, which is the area’s first super regional mall. The mall is anchored by Game, Checkers, Spar, Woolworths, Tiger Wheel & Tyre and other clothing stores, banks and restaurants. It is located at the corner of Random van Riebeck and Malharbe streets.
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