The significance of the Witwatersrand goldfields, both for the world economy (by providing more than one-third of all gold ever available to central banks) and for South Africa (by having provided hundreds of thousands of employment opportunities directly in the mines and several times more in ancillary and supported industries), cannot be emphasized enough. With more than 100 years of mining Witwatersrand gold behind us, and still about 40 percent of known global gold reserves waiting to be unearthed, there are compelling reasons for being interested in the history of this true giant among ore deposits. For most mining camps...

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