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Columnist: Digging Deep

Davenport is a freelance journalist and mining historian - jade@engineeringnews.co.za

 

 
Digging Deep - Jade Davenport

Ancient site under threat from gold-hungry miner

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A few weeks ago, the highly controversial story that the government of Georgia hds given Russian-backed Rich Metals Group (RMG) approval to continue its mining project at a site believed to host the world’s oldest gold mine made headlines and...
18th April 2014
 
 
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SA’s little-known defunct manganese mine

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The century-old Hout Bay manganese mine Manganese is a commodity that barely features in the popular historical narrative of South Africa’s mining industry. This is slightly odd, considering that the country, specifically the Kalahari manganese...
28th March 2014
 
 
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There’s gold in them thar mountains

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Capetonians have a tendency to condescendingly regard mining as a dirty and dangerous, although vaguely necessary, activity that is pursued somewhere in the northern reaches of South Africa. Much to their relief, it is an occupation far removed...
7th March 2014
 
 
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The Karoo’s mini gold bonanza

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It is generally accepted in the historical mining narrative that South Africa’s phenomenal era of gold discovery, rushes and mining started around 1873, when extensive and payable quantities of alluvial gold were discovered in places such as...
21st February 2014
 
 
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'Pilgrim's Protector' urges heritage compliance

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For the last 16 months, a shroud of uncertainty veiled the business community of Pilgrims Rest, as it has waited with bated breath for the outcome of the Public Protector’s investigation into controversial allegations of maladministration and...
31st January 2014
 
 
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Mandela and his brief mining career

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In the aftermath of the passing of former President Nelson Mandela last month, the world has mourned and reflected, quite rightly, on the enormous contribution he made in liberating South Africa from the suffocating grip of apartheid and for the...
17th January 2014
 
 
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Modderfontein museum preserving dynamite history

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The use of explosive material, particularly dynamite, has played an integral, although somewhat understated, role in facilitating the development and growth of South Africa’s mighty mining industry for more than a century. Indeed, it is all very...
6th December 2013
 
 
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SA’s phenomenal mineral revolution

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Before the advent of its great mineral revolution in the latter half of the nineteenth century, South Africa was a sleepy colonial backwater whose unpromising landscape was seemingly devoid of any economic potential. Yet just beneath the dusty...
6th December 2013
 
 
 
 
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