Hundreds descend on KwaZulu-Natal's ‘Marikana’ in gold rush

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Police have been deployed to the rural village of KwaMachi in KwaZulu-Natal - hoping to restrict access to a quarry which has become the epicentre of a gold rush.

Hundreds desperate to strike it rich have descended on the quarry‚ searching for what they believe are seams of gold running through the hillside.

The village‚ 200km south of Durban‚ is abuzz with talk of the quarry now dubbed “Marikana”.

On Wednesday riot police ran out lengths of barbed wire around the site‚ but were unable to hold back hundreds of villagers intent on mining the shale rock face.

They‚ alongside people from afar afield as Durban‚ have rushed to the village as gold fever spreads.

Police spokeswoman Captain Nqobile Gwala said that two people were hurt on Tuesday during a landslide at the mining site.

“They were rushed to hospital and we have not opened any case. We have deployed officers to the scene to restrict access and keep people safe‚” she said.
https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-05-30-hundreds-descend-on--kwazulu-natals-marikana-in-gold-rush/
 

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Yup, that photo in the article is definitely a pyrite vein. It usually oxidises to a red/brown colour in weathered rock, but since this is from a reasonably fresh exposure in a quarry it looks like gold.

Remarkable that they sent it to lab for testing - it really doesn't look anything like gold. And you don't get native gold in veins of that size any where!
 

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what if its real gold? will the people own it or?
Technically it would be illegally mined. The first person to buy the mineral rights from the Department of Mineral Resources would be the rightful owner.
 

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Yup, that photo in the article is definitely a pyrite vein. It usually oxidises to a red/brown colour in weathered rock, but since this is from a reasonably fresh exposure in a quarry it looks like gold.

Remarkable that they sent it to lab for testing - it really doesn't look anything like gold. And you don't get native gold in veins of that size any where!
let me google what a pyrite vein is...:p
 

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Police have been deployed to the rural village of KwaMachi in KwaZulu-Natal - hoping to restrict access to a quarry which has become the epicentre of a gold rush.

Hundreds desperate to strike it rich have descended on the quarry‚ searching for what they believe are seams of gold running through the hillside.

The village‚ 200km south of Durban‚ is abuzz with talk of the quarry now dubbed “Marikana”.

On Wednesday riot police ran out lengths of barbed wire around the site‚ but were unable to hold back hundreds of villagers intent on mining the shale rock face.

They‚ alongside people from afar afield as Durban‚ have rushed to the village as gold fever spreads.

Police spokeswoman Captain Nqobile Gwala said that two people were hurt on Tuesday during a landslide at the mining site.

“They were rushed to hospital and we have not opened any case. We have deployed officers to the scene to restrict access and keep people safe‚” she said.
https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-05-30-hundreds-descend-on--kwazulu-natals-marikana-in-gold-rush/
This is a GREAT opportunity for the government to enable these people to mine this gold LEGALLY, and to ensure that people of the area share in the wealth generated from it! Please CR, do something!
 

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This is a GREAT opportunity for the government to enable these people to mine this gold LEGALLY, and to ensure that people of the area share in the wealth generated from it! Please CR, do something!
if its real gold or a mineral that can bring wealth i hope CR will do something that is beneficial to the residence of that area.. but knowing our system they will want to own it.
 

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We already have a big, black market for the stuff. If they found real gold there would be a buyer close by that offers them a fraction of the real gold price.
 

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Wasting time, money, and risking your life for iron pyrites.


This is why staying in school and having a wide breadth of general knowledge is important.
 

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Put up signs and use loud hailers, advising them what it is, let them do with the info what they want, if they don't listen and die, so be it.
 

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KwaMachi quarry closed to deter 'gold bandits'

A shale quarry at the centre of a gold rush in southern KwaZulu-Natal has been declared off-limits as police struggle to fend off bandits.

Riot police have been deployed to KwaMachi‚ outside Harding‚ to protect the quarry from hundreds who descended on the site 10 days ago.

On Sunday Economic Development‚ Tourism & Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala declared that the site was a no-go area.

"We must ensure that the area is enclosed for proper investigation by the Department of Mineral Resources."
More at : https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-06-04-quarry-closed-to-deter-gold-bandits
 
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