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Columnist: Digging Deep

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

 

 
Digging Deep - Jade Davenport

Barkly-West Museum a repository of information on early diamond mining Restricted

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South Africa has a vibrant and steadily-growing tourist industry catering for every tourism niche, from paleo-, eco- and cultural tourism through to adventure, sport and business-tourism.
12th August 2011
 
 
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Kimberley’s demeaning closed compound system Restricted

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In 1885, fifteen years after diamonds were first mined at Kimberley, mining companies began to introduce a system of closed compounding to house their black labour force.
22nd July 2011
 
 
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Gardner Williams: the technical wizard behind diamond mines consolidation Restricted

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The objective of establishing the world’s greatest diamond mining monopoly was accomplished because there were men of vision, daring, and great financial genius who willed it to be achieved.
1st July 2011
 
 
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Alfred Beit – Kimberley’s financial genius Restricted

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The story of the amalgamation of the Kimberley diamond mines under De Beers Consolidated Mines in the late 1880s has largely been dominated by the captivating characters of Cecil Rhodes and Barney Barnato.
10th June 2011
 
 
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Barney Barnato’s rise to wealth and power Restricted

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llicit diamond buying (IDB) was one of the most significant challenges confronting the Kimberley diamond mining industry in the 1870s and 1880s.
27th May 2011
 
 
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Foundations of the ‘Great Barnato’ Restricted

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More than a century after his death Barney Barnato remains one of the most fascinating personalities of nineteenth century mining and economic history.
6th May 2011
 
 
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Richard Southey – bulwark against monopolisation Restricted

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Histories relating the early decades of diamond mining in South Africa have tended to focus on the most powerful, wealthiest and influential characters that shaped the development of the industry.
15th April 2011
 
 
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De Beers Consolidated: company ‘worth as much as the balance of Africa’ Restricted

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While De Beers is, today, recognised as the world’s leading rough diamond company with unrivalled expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of quality gems, the company, at its creation more than 120 years ago, was something quite...
1st April 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
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