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)

Sout – Salt

* Daar is ongeveer 181,5 miljoen ton se globale soutproduksie, ongeveer 5 miljoen ton wat in Afrika geproduseer word.    Soutproduksietegnieke in baie Afrika-lande suid van die Sahara is konvensioneel en in sommige gebiede uiters primitief.   Rotssout word in sy vaste vorm ontgin, terwyl seesout geproduseer word deur seewater te laat verdamp. * In die… Continue reading Sout – Salt

Ramaphosa – Marikana

What happened to the 11 security guards and others of the mine that were killed that day at Marikana and who killed them?  It is now nine years after police gunned down 34 Marikana mineworkers, President Cyril Ramaphosa maintains that complexities have prevented him from visiting the victims' families.    Ramaphosa said while the issue… Continue reading Ramaphosa – Marikana

Johannesburg – Egoli-Goud – Witwatersrand

Die natuurskoon rondom ons, veral die boomryke areas, is vir dekades en selfs eeue aangeplant wat verder onderhou word met durf en deursettingsvermoë. Nie almal kan dit bekostig nie, maar bome vra nie baie nie, net liefde en aandag. Bome spring nie vanself in die grond en groei nie. Daar is sommige areas wat dit… Continue reading Johannesburg – Egoli-Goud – Witwatersrand

Concentration camps – ABW

  Eendag sal klippe en klipgrafte uitroep en die meesters wat agter al die moorde sit, sal rekenskap gee vir wat hulle aan ons en ons volk gedoen het en dit geld vir vandag ook.    Destyds, was daar twee internasionaal erkende onafhanklike Boere republieke wat met duisende mans, vroue en kinders se bloed betaal… Continue reading Concentration camps – ABW

RBM – Rehabilitation (mining)

Eight years ago, Richards Bay Minerals abandoned separate plans to mine on the periphery of the reserve – exactly the same piece of land that has now been targeted for heavy minerals exploration.     A national coalition of environmental groups, including the former iSimangaliso Wetland Park chief executive Andrew Zaloumis, has lodged strong objections to… Continue reading RBM – Rehabilitation (mining)

RBM – Richards Bay – rehabilitation

Mining and rehabilitation take place concurrently, as close to a 1:1 ratio as possible, ensuring that we minimise exposure of land to mining activities at any given time. This allows areas behind the mine to begin to recover as the mine proceeds northwards.   The extent of rehabilitation activity is therefore dependent on the amount of… Continue reading RBM – Richards Bay – rehabilitation

RBM – Richards Bay – communities Nhlabane, Mzingazi …

RICHARDS Bay Minerals (RBM) has invested R3-million in the upgrading of the Nhlabane and Mzingazi sports fields.    The upgrades will include ablution facilities, change rooms, grand stands and landscaping.   These improvements form part of the 17 social and labour plan projects approved by the Department of Mineral Resources. RBM Managing Director Werner Duvenhage, accompanied… Continue reading RBM – Richards Bay – communities Nhlabane, Mzingazi …

Earthquakes 1620-2008 – SANSD

  ▲ Map of Earthquakes 1620–2008 contained in the South African National Seismological Database (SANSD). Known clusters relating to natural and mining-induced seismicity are highlighted. The seismic recording stations are represented by triangles. * ... The event occurred on 29 September, 1969 in the Ceres-Tulbagh region of the Western Cape Province about 100 km northeast… Continue reading Earthquakes 1620-2008 – SANSD

Illegal mining KZN rivers

Reported by the Zululand Observer and South Coast Sun.    Two illegal mining sites were closed down, but the miners have merely moved upriver and it’s business as usual.    Since the media first reported on illegal sand mining on the Illovo River nine years ago, nothing has been done about it until last week. The… Continue reading Illegal mining KZN rivers

Sardinia – mining – ancient areas

  Neptune’s Grotto, located just outside the town of Alghero, is accessible by the 654-step escala del cabirol, or goat’s steps, cut into the 110-metre high Capo Caccia cliffs in 1954. Step within and you’ll find yourself standing on the precipice of a saltwater lake surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites that ooze from the grotto’s walls.   Neptune’s… Continue reading Sardinia – mining – ancient areas