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the development of mining in south africa

M M ining in South Africa has been a contentious issue since 15-year-oldErasmus Stephanus Jacobsdiscovered South Africa’s firstdiamond,the Eureka, in Hopetown in 1867. It kickstarted what historians call the Mineral Revolution, which made few European opportunists wealthy beyond measure, and saw hundreds of thousands of men leaving their homes to become fulltime mineworkers.

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