More at : https://www.iol.co.za/mercury/news/no-gold-to-be-found-in-the-kwamachi-area-24984960The community of KwaMachi, near Harding on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, say they are disappointed after the Council for Geoscience (CGS) issued a report stating that the rocks found on a site in the area did not contain gold.
The CGS presented their results to the community last Thursday, several months after the shiny rocks had caused a “gold rush” in the area, with people flocking to the site.
In May last year, police had to be deployed to the rural village to restrict access to the quarry.
Economic Geology and Geochemistry manager Sibongiseni Hlatshwayo said samples of stones taken from the quarry showed no signs of gold.
The report dashed hopes of a budding new industry in the area. At the time of the “gold rush”, small pieces of rock were being sold at varying prices, starting from about R50.
When people were injured during a rockfall at the site, it was fenced off and security guards were deployed to guard the quarry.
Member of the community committee Tony Mbuthuma said the community was not happy with the report.
He said that the community wanted to get their own geologists to inspect the “gold”.
“After the report was brought to our attention, the community had a lot of questions that they asked the CGS member and they didn’t get any responses. One of them is why is that area still fenced off with security guards?” asked Mbuthuma.
I do not blame them for believing in it, since its very easy to mistake for real gold.this, but then again, look who they all voted for, can you really blame them for believing in Fools gold?
Good thing I held off buying that prospector outfit.No gold to be found in the KwaMachi area
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It is really so VERY simpleI do not blame them for believing in it, since its very easy to mistake for real gold.
I blame them for being retards once they had an official report from a geologist and then dismissing it out of hand because they don't like the answer.
The problem I have, if he did make it legal is the issue of health and safety, which clearly they are not even slightly compliant.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!
Doesn't mean it shouldn't be applied. The regulations don't differentiate between diy or otherwise and diy in my opinion is standing in a creek shoveling rocks not chipping alongside a sloped face. The risk there is too high to allow legal mining without following safety.There's no health and safety requirements for this type of DIY mining required. Same as any other DIY activity really.
Who will be liable if one of these miners injure themselves. They aren't working for a business who told them to go and dig there.Doesn't mean it shouldn't be applied. The regulations don't differentiate between diy or otherwise and diy in my opinion is standing in a creek shoveling rocks not chipping alongside a sloped face. The risk there is too high to allow legal mining without following safety.
That is exactly why such a thing should not be legalized. The country should look after its citizens and allowing this is just not safe. It's fine if it was one man because he would be ultimately responsible for his own life but with other people on site, his actions could cause the death of another.Who will be liable if one of these miners injure themselves. They aren't working for a business who told them to go and dig there.