By Jade Davenport

prior to the appearance of the good mineral revolution within the latter half the nineteenth century, South Africa used to be a sleepy colonial backwater whose unpromising panorama was once doubtless with out any fiscal 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 came upon in a single nation. It was once 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 recognized, which remodeled South Africa into the ultimate industrialised energy at the African continent. right here for the 1st time is the full historical past of South Africa's exceptional mineral revolution spanning a interval of greater than a hundred and fifty years, from its earliest advertisement beginnings to the current day, incorporating seven of the main commodities which have been exploited. Digging Deep describes the institution and extraordinary development of mining, tracing the historical past of the from its humble beginnings the place copper was once 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 can be additionally the tale of ways mining gave upward push to fashionable South Africa and the way it forced the rustic to enhance and growth the way it did. It additionally comprises 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 smooth South Africa was once built.

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