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Mining erosion of skills, not soil

Read Paddy Hartdegen’s thoughts on this matter.

We were once the World Cup Champions of mining. Now more and more international companies are looking to abandon their South African operations and focus on more lucrative mining projects elsewhere in Africa, South Africa and Australia.

Published in General

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Pilgrim’s Rest is a great little village with a history that dates back well over a hundred years when it was home to colourful characters like Wheelbarrow Patterson or Mathias Mocket, better known as The Bosun who’d been a seaman and knew how to cook.

Published in General
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Truth, fiction and water

Read Paddy Hartdegen’s thoughts on this matter.

As often happens, fiction and truth make strange bedfellows and anyone reading any of the often-sensationalised reports that appear in SA’s media can be forgiven for not knowing what to believe.

Published in Mechanical Engineering

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I fail to understand why it should take the deaths of 44 people – and a year of mourning for the lost loved-ones – to get someone to do something about housing in an area that should be awash with money.

Published in Mining
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At last fracking can open the Karoo

The Karoo is a beautiful part of South Africa – with its natural flora, its wild animals and its parched soils that conceal brackish water reservoirs that cannot be used for anything of value.  Brackish water’s not fit for human consumption.

Published in Mining
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BHP Billiton getting out of SA

Read Paddy Hartdegen’s thoughts on this matter.

For some time I have been appealing to striking workers in all sectors, particularly in mining and manufacturing – but in other sectors too – to assess the likely consequences of their actions for the long-term economic survival of South Africa, which, as many people have said, should be an economic power house that drives Africa’s growth.

Published in Mining


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