Mining – Open Pit mining (Palabora)

* It is a fact that South Africa’s copper and iron, and even other resources were mined long before the advent of open pit mines. Some archaeological estimates date mining artifacts back to at least 800 CE. In neighboring Kruger National Park, more than 250 archaeological sites show signs of human occupation back about 1… Continue reading Mining – Open Pit mining (Palabora)

Gold and money – SA and … Goud en geld

* Verseker is ons almal siek en sat, moeg vir die misdaad en diskriminerende wetgewings wat gebruik word om hulself te verryk.  Wie word almal gebruik in hierdie korrupsie sindikate, finansiers om ons land so te vernietig?    Dit het verseker voor 1990 begin.   Vind meer uit wie is Fanie Fondse en wat hy doen/gedoen… Continue reading Gold and money – SA and … Goud en geld

Nickel-cobalt (Ni-Co)

* Nickel-cobalt (Ni-Co) laterite deposits are supergene enrichments of Ni±Co that form from intense chemical and mechanical weathering of ultramafic parent rocks. These regolith deposits typically form within 26 degrees of the equator, although there are a few exceptions. * Three subtypes of Ni-Co laterite deposits are classified according to the dominant Ni-bearing mineralogy, which… Continue reading Nickel-cobalt (Ni-Co)

Nickle ore – Devil’s Copper

During the 15th century miners in Germany found a brown-red ore which they believed to contain copper.  They called it Kupfernickel or Devils' Copper because they couldn't recover copper from it.   Coins in the USA first used nickel alloyed with copper in 1857. The “nickel” was not made from pure nickel but in 1881, pure… Continue reading Nickle ore – Devil’s Copper

History, cultures and minerals of Afghanistan

The name of Afghanistan was given by the British – designed to divide the people of Khorasan and weaken them through promoting the idea that the land is Pashtun land & that its language should be Pashto. Afghanistan means the ‘Land of Afghans, Awghan, Pathans or Pashtoons also spelt as Pashtuns. These names are variants… Continue reading History, cultures and minerals of Afghanistan

Thokoana James Motlatsi of Lesotho 1987

His date and place of birth is 5 June  1951 at Morifi, Mohale’s Hoek, Lesotho.   It was stated in 2014 (mining weekly) that Motlatsi is the Executive chairperson of Teba Limited and non-executive chairperson of Shanduka, Platfields and Verimark.   An organisation, Teba was established before 1902 to support mines and the recruitment of mining personnel. … Continue reading Thokoana James Motlatsi of Lesotho 1987

“Diamond” rush in KwaHlathi Ladysmith

*An apparent “diamond rush” in KwaZulu-Natal has prompted the provincial government to dispatch experts to a site near Ladysmith where residents have over the weekend been extracting stones they believe are diamonds, using household equipment.     * Alles is in rep en roer, daar word gekap en gegrou, op soek na "diamante"  wat eerder… Continue reading “Diamond” rush in KwaHlathi Ladysmith

DRC – minerals

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has large reserves of cobalt, gold, gems, copper, timber, and uranium. However, the most valuable resource that the DRC possess is its large reserve of diamonds. Diamonds essentially serve as a pillar to the DRC's struggling economy. * The Town of Beni Beni lies within the North Kivu region… Continue reading DRC – minerals

Minerals – SA – Minerale

The Economic activity in South Africa has been focused on mining activities.  South Africa’s political, social and economic landscape has been dominated by mining industries.  The country’s stock exchange in Johannesburg was established in 1887, a decade after the first diamonds were discovered on the banks of the Orange River, and almost simultaneously with the… Continue reading Minerals – SA – Minerale

Afghanistan – Minerals and Treasures

DISCOVERED AGAINST THE turbulent backdrop of the Cold War, the Tillya Tepe treasure is a glittering assemblage consisting of thousands of golden pieces from all over the ancient world. In 1978, a year before the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, Russian archaeologist Viktor Ivanovich Sarianidi began digging at the Tillya Tepe site in northern Afghanistan, which archaeologists… Continue reading Afghanistan – Minerals and Treasures