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Mponeng is a gold mine in South Africa's Gauteng province. It extends over 4 kilometres below the surface, and is considered to be one of the most substantial gold mines in the world. It is also currently the world's deepest mine. The trip from the surface to the bottom of the mine takes over an hour. Video link: https://youtu.be/6ZtYInuOKtE Thanks for watching
Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News In the 1970s, South Africa was the world's most prolific exporter of gold. Over the years, industrial decline has seen widespread closures of the mines across the country. However, Johannesburg sits on the biggest gold basin ever discovered. It's perhaps not surprising that many of these abandoned mines have seen a recent boom in illegal mining activity. Everyday, hundreds of illegal gold miners, known as Zama Zamas, descend kilometers deep beneath the surface. The miners often spend weeks underground, toiling away at the country's untapped gold reserves. Observers have suggested that illegal mining is now so widespread, black-market gold arguably supports the communities once subsistent on the very same mines they worked...
“Visions of Gold” is a short color film on “Gold! The thread from which we weave our dreams! The key to stability!” Produced by South African film maker Emil Nofal in the mid-1960s, the film opens with rows of gold bars as the narrator Joe Stewardson explains how (in1 885) itinerant prospectors George Walker, along with George Harrison, stumbled on surface outcrops of gold-rich conglomerate on an old farm near the Witwatersrand basin —land that is now near the center of Johannesburg. (Both men quickly sold their claims for the equivalent of a few hundred dollars. Today, the gold fields in the region are worth billions.) From across the world, prospectors descended on South Africa in search of gold, as we see throngs of prospectors and opportunists starting at mark 02:45. Spurred on by visi...
A journey underground at one of South Africa's oldest gold mines in the Barberton area, Mpumalanga Province. Filmed using a GoPro, the video shows the numerous stages involved in the journey to the rock face on the underground mining level, final depth from surface approx 2Km!
AngloGold Ashanti's Mponeng gold mine, located south-west of Johannesburg in South Africa, is currently the deepest mine in the world. The operating depth at Mponeng mine ranged from between 2.4km to more than 3.9km below the surface by the end of 2012. Ongoing expansions have resulted in deeper digging at Mponeng, pushing the record to beyond the four kilometre mark.
Africa's biggest gold miner, AngloGold Ashanti, is planning to retrench eight-thousand-500 mine workers as part of its restructuring of its South African business. The world's third largest gold miner has started talks with unions to cut its workforce by a third as some gold mines have reached the end of their economic lives. The mining industry has been bleeding jobs since 2012. According to Stats SA, almost 50,000 jobs were lost between 2012 to 2015, mostly in the gold and platinum sectors. For more news, visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news
South Africa's TauTona mine, real life alchemy, and Halicephalobus Mephisto. Footage from the 2012 documentary, "Down to the Earth's Core". We have travelled into space and looked deep into the universe's depths, but the world beneath our feet remains unexplored and unseen. Now, that's about to change. For the first time in one epic unbroken shot, we embark on an impossible mission - using spectacular computer generated imagery to smash through three thousand miles of solid rock, and venture from our world into the underworld and on to the core of the Earth itself. It's a journey fraught with danger. One thousand feet down we find ourselves inside one of the planet's most volatile places - the San Andreas Fault. Caught between two huge rock slabs, we watch as stress builds and then ...
In a single gold mine in South Africa, an expected $2.2 billion worth of gold can still be extracted from just one dump site's waste material. Using water cannons and chemical treatements, a single mine can hope to extract about 3 grams in every tonne. It may not sound like much but if there is 140 million tonnes of waste lying around - the numbers start adding up. High prices means all the effort that goes into sourcing the precious metal may well be worth it. Al Jazeera's Tania Page reports from Johannesburg.
http://www.griquas.com/2006/21.htm - The remarkable and archaic process used by Griqua and African miners near Griquatown to extract rare tigers eye from the rocky terrain. Filmed by Scott Balson during the launch of his book "Children of the Mist" (covering the history of the Griqua people). More at the link above.
Cape Town is preparing for the 2017 Mining Indaba. Industry players are wondering whether commodity prices will continue their upward trajectory. As Angelo Coppola explains, price fluctuations are not the only challenges confronting investors in commodities.
English/Nat Mining experts from around the world have begun meeting in Pretoria for a conference which they hope will result in African governments agreeing to legislate against trade in "blood diamonds" which benefits wars and rebel groups in Africa. The three-day conference, is the last in a series of meetings held throughout the international diamond world. It coincides with an increase in a new world conscience in the diamond trade. The United Nations has already placed a ban on diamonds originating from war-torn Sierra Leone which find their way onto the world market through other countries. That country was represented by its Deputy Director of Mines Usman Boie Kamara who announced his country would soon implement its own measures against "conflict diamonds". SOUNDB...
In Gold Reef City the zulu dancers showed us a mine dance with helmets, boots and kaching kaching!
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South Africa is open for investment that was the message South Africa's Mines Minister delivered to delegates at the 'Investing in Africa Mining Indaba', taking place in Cape Town. The annual gathering has attracted over 7,000 delegates from across the world. South Africa has been facing a number of challenges in the sector but the minister says that these are being tackled as the government affects change. CCTV's Sumitra Nydoo reports
In theory, the junior mining sector in South Africa should be booming. The term "junior" in this case refers to small operators who usually research, prospect, and explore for new mineral finds. As Angelo Coppola reports, given the ore body that South Africa is located on top of, these firms have immense opportunity.
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