Gwede Mantashe promotes hoax mineral to investors

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In an attempt to woo investors to SA, mineral resources & energy minister Gwede Mantashe promoted a mineral that existed only in the minds of those behind an April Fool’s Day spoof.

In a speech written for Mantashe and delivered by him at the Africa Down Under mining conference in Perth on Wednesday to about 400 delegates he extolled the virtues of the newly discovered "Hazenile" battery mineral.

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The problem is the mineral Hazenile does not exist in the Congo Caves or the Cango Caves. The Smart Energy International website clearly flags its April 1 2019 story, from which the department’s speech writer copied a paragraph including "Congo Caves", as a hoax.

"This was an April Fool’s joke. We hope you had a laugh along with us," the site says in bold red letters at the top of the piece.

More at https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/n...-mantashe-promotes-hoax-mineral-to-investors/
 

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Guys you're kinda missing the point here.

Our minister of minerals and energy has touted this mineral to delegates at a conference in Australia THIS WEEK.
 

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Guys you're kinda missing the point here.

Our minister of minerals and energy has touted this mineral to delegates at a conference in Australia THIS WEEK.
And to be fair, all any African country needs to become Wakanda is some imaginary mineral with magical powers.

We can work around the asteroid thing..
 

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"In a speech written for Mantashe and delivered by him at the Africa Down Under mining conference in Perth on Wednesday to about 400 delegates he extolled the virtues of the newly discovered "Hazenile" battery mineral."

So there's more than one dumb fck behind this. What an absolute retard.
 

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Its an April fool's joke - the funny part be who and how many people are fooled by it.

I thought they could have done better with the mineral formulae. Maybe something a little more clever.
 

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Guys you're kinda missing the point here.

Our minister of minerals and energy has touted this mineral to delegates at a conference in Australia THIS WEEK.

I did laugh at this part. Then I felt shame.
 

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Guys you're kinda missing the point here.

Our minister of minerals and energy has touted this mineral to delegates at a conference in Australia THIS WEEK.
The majority must surely see and appreciate the humor.
 

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This just goes to prove, you can be dumb as bricks/hazenile and still become a politician in a field you know absolutely nothing about, with a nice fat salary to go along with it.
 

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So this is what Squirrel was squawking about when he rambles on about a New Dawn and being part of the 4IR.
A better future for all, the sneaky buggers knew about this all along, that we were going to give the world Hazenile batteries.

/s
 

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SA, managed by the stupid ANC with a, not My fault mentality
Bearing in mind the ANC record of dishonesty, as well as Mantashe being named as being on the take from Bosasa, it is possible that he knowingly tried to deceive investors. His stupidity was in thinking that they could be conned.
 
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