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South Africa’s most famous mines

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South Africa’s most famous mines

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The mining industry in South Africa shaped the country’s future and greatly influenced mining across the continent of Africa. It also made way for innovation in the realm of industrial apparatus like tools and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) such as mining gumboots.

Whether it’s gold, platinum, palladium, iron ore, diamonds or coal, South Africa has a host of mines to draw resources from. Of them all, here are some of the most famous ones located in South Africa:

Venetia diamond mine in Limpopo
It’s the world’s sixth largest diamond mine and it is owned and operated by De Beers. Diamonds have been mined here since 1992 and this open-pit mine will be run as such until approximately 2021. Thereafter, mining will take place underground. This mine is the largest producer of diamonds in South Africa and it also produces ore!

Pilgrim’s Rest in Mpumalanga
Originally a settlement that sprung up as a result of the Gold Rush in the 1800’s, the last Pilgrim’s Rest mine closed in 1972. The mine manager’s house was then made into Alanglade House, a museum that houses mining artifacts from the era including antiquated mining gumboots.

East Rand Mine in Boksburg
This mine is one of the deepest mines in the world, plummeting to a depth of 3 585 meters underground. Located in the Witswaterstrand Basin, this mine was first opened in 1893 and produces gold.

Khumani Mine in the Northern Cape
It has the capacity to produce 14 million tons of iron ore a year! The mine is an open pit and much of the iron extracted here is exported.

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