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Columnist: Digging Deep

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

 

 
Digging Deep - Jade Davenport

Rhodes memorial debate

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From time to time, a debate flares up among the University of Cape Town’s student body about whether or not the statue of pioneering mining magnate and British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes should be removed from the university’s Groote Schuur...
25th July 2014
 
 
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A modern wine tradition built on diamond wealth

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The theme of the last instalment of this column explored the historical association between mining capital and three of South Africa’s most prestigious wine estates. Continuing on that theme, it is interesting to note that a further two of the...
4th July 2014
 
 
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Mining capital that infiltrated the Cape wine industry

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It is inevitable that in an economy that has been so completely dominated by the extraction of mineral resources that mining capital would have, at some stage or another, infiltrated other sectors. Perhaps one of the most interesting sectors where...
6th June 2014
 
 
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Wine estate celebrates Cape’s tin mining heritage

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The vineyard-dominated landscape between Cape Town’s northern suburbs and the wine-producing town of Stellenbosch, particularly along the R102 and M12 routes, is both beautiful and tranquil and it is difficult to imagine that this land was ever...
23rd May 2014
 
 
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Wining and mining in the early Cape Colony

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One thing you would not associate with mining is the craft of winemaking. However, in a country that has been so completely dominated by that extractive industry, it is not entirely surprising that even certain South African wine-producing regions...
2nd May 2014
 
 
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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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