- Sep 25, 2012
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.
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/