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By Jade Davenport

sooner than the appearance of the nice mineral revolution within the latter half the nineteenth century, South Africa used to be a sleepy colonial backwater whose unpromising panorama was once likely with out any financial power. but mendacity simply underneath the dusty floor of the land lay the richest treasure trove of gold, diamonds, platinum, coal and a number of alternative metals and minerals that has ever been stumbled on in a single state. It used to be the invention and exploitation of first diamonds in 1870 after which gold in 1886 that proved the catalyst to the best mineral revolution the realm has ever identified, which remodeled South Africa into the superb industrialised strength at the African continent. the following for the 1st time is the full heritage of South Africa's extra special mineral revolution spanning a interval of greater than one hundred fifty years, from its earliest advertisement beginnings to the current day, incorporating seven of the main commodities which were exploited. Digging Deep describes the institution and unheard of progress of mining, tracing the heritage of the from its humble beginnings the place copper used to be first mined on a advertisement foundation in Namaqualand within the Cape Colony within the early 1850s, to the invention and exploitation of the country's different significant mineral commodities. this is often additionally the tale of ways mining gave upward thrust to trendy South Africa and the way it pressured the rustic to boost and development the best way it did. It additionally contains the tales of the visionary males - Cecil Rhodes, Alfred Beit, Barney Barnato, Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, Sammy Marks and Hans Merensky - who pioneered and formed the improvement of the on which glossy South Africa was once built.

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