|Visit to Kromdraai
17 October 2010
Kromdraai Gold Mine was one of the first gold
mines on the Witwatersrand and is situated in an unspoilt rural setting
40 minutes drive from Johannesburg in the Cradle of Mankind area.
Gold was discovered here in Kromdraai in 1881 (5 years before the gold reef was discovered in Johannesburg) by Johannes Stephanus Minnaar.
The first government mining concession on the Witwatersrand was granted to the Kromdraai Gold Mine by the first President of South Africa, Paul Kruger.
Rolls-Royce and Bentley chariots of various vintages and flavors
assembled on the Northern outskirts of the city
in preparation for the drive to Kromdraai Gold Mine.
|Much discussion took
place and liters of coffee were consumed.
arrival we were given a brief lecture on the history of the mine…
then the excitement mounted as we were marched single file
into the side of the mountain.
|There is a small
museum filled with interesting mining related items.
|And finally after all
that running around the inside of a mountain we sat down for a
delicious picnic lunch.
|This is how we picnic!
|The “car guard”
obviously identified Graham and Ali’s stunning Cloud III as his
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