"The Richest Mineral Treasure Trove Ever Discovered" - An Excerpt from Digging Deep
Namibiana Buchdepot has shared an excerpt from Digging Deep, a book in which Jade Davenport outlines the history of mining in South Africa.
The excerpt is a look at the massive impact mining and mineral wealth has had on South Africa’s development as a country. The author explains the geographical history of the land and how this made it into “the richest mineral treasure trove ever discovered in one country”.
The mineral revolution, Davenport says, transformed South Africa from a rudimentary outpost into “an aggressively organised and racially dominated” capitalist system.
Read the excerpt:
To say that the mining industry has played a defining role in the course of South Africa’s history, at least during the last century and a half, would be no great exaggeration. Nowhere else in the world has a mineral revolution proved so influential in weaving the political, economic and social fabric of a society. Before the advent of its great mineral revolution in the latter half of the nineteenth century, South Africa was a mere colonial backwater whose unpromising landscape was seemingly devoid of any economic potential.