Agnes, the pioneering 127-year-old Barberton gold mine who was left at the alter by those attracted by the winks of the bigger Witwatersrand, may have the last laugh as the Witwatersrand depletes and Barberton is wooed once more. Galaxy Gold CEO Peter Skeat (left) bought Agnes on auction for its surface material, only to find a constellation of 21 virtually virgin orebodies beneath her skirt. Skeat is seen giving the lowdown to Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer, who witnessed large-scale cut-and-fill mining being carried out in wide 35-m-plus stopes that contain 4,6 g/t and have a 1 200-m strike length.
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