GOLD AND THE WITWATERSRAND – ITS PAST, ITS PRESENT AND ITS FUTURE – THE MYSTERY CONTINUES
Join Den Adams and Morris Viljoen on Heritage Today on Radio Today, medium wave channel 1485 or DSTV audio channel 869 on Tuesday 10 February 2015 between 10h45 and 11h15.
While our country has a number of unique geological features, gold has to be the most significant, and its discovery has probably had the greatest effect on the growth of this country. Wars have been fought over it, nations have bargained over its price, towns have mushroomed on the discovery of a new reef, only to collapse once the reef has been mined, and the challenges of restoring the land to a habitable state on the cessation of mining operations remains a challenge.
Professor Morris Viljoen, an emeritus professor in the Dept of Geology at the University of the Witwatersrand and also a partner in an exploration company, spent 21 years in the mining industry before joining Wits, where he was appointed to the chair of mining geology in 1991 and retained the position until he retired in 2003. He will be chatting to Den Adams on this fascinating subject on Tuesday. It has not been a good couple of years for the mining industry – strikes, falling prices, ageing mines and security problems have placed this industry in the limelight at a time where our country needs to make the best use of all its resources.
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