Scoon and Mitchell (2004) presented a review of the origin of the dunite pipes of the Bushveld Complex. Within it (pp.507 to 510) they found it necessary to “recap the sequence of events that led to the discovery of the pipes as we find some omissions and inconsistencies with recent reports by . . . Cawthorn (1999)”. On three issues, Scoon and Mitchell challenge my description of events that may have taken place in late 1924 when Merensky and his team of prospectors made one of the most momentous of all economic discoveries.

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