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PostPosted: Jan 27, 2016 00:35    Post subject: Manganese mining.  

During a recent visit to the family farm near Otjosondu, we undertook short excursions to some of the manganese mining sites nearby.

Otjosondu is situated in the Okahandja district, Otjozondjupa region.

Three sites were visited and the following information gained:
Site 1: Mining discontinued during the mid 1980's.
Site 2: Mining discontinued approximately 2008.
Site 3: Mining discontinued 2015.

No comments on mining methods will be made.



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PostPosted: Jan 27, 2016 01:23    Post subject: Re: Manganese mining.  

Hi Heimo. Thank you for sharing your outing with us. Fantastic rain in the semi -desert!
The mamba is a fearful and very poisonous snake. I encountered one of about the same size up in Kangwane, Gauteng and had to kill it because it was a danger for children. I hope there are more photos of your trip coming.

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PostPosted: Jan 27, 2016 07:07    Post subject: Re: Manganese mining.  

Great photos! Thanks.
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PostPosted: Jan 27, 2016 11:07    Post subject: Re: Manganese mining.  

Pierre, Debbie - it is a pleasure.

Now for the visit to site 2. Unfortunately we could not obtain permission to enter this site.



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PostPosted: Jan 28, 2016 06:38    Post subject: Re: Manganese mining.  

Visit to site 3.


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PostPosted: Jan 28, 2016 06:41    Post subject: Re: Manganese mining.  

Just three more.


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PostPosted: Jan 28, 2016 21:36    Post subject: Re: Manganese mining.  

Lots of nice rockhounding equipment just sitting there!
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PostPosted: Jan 29, 2016 00:19    Post subject: Re: Manganese mining.  

GneissWare wrote:
Lots of nice rockhounding equipment just sitting there!


Hello Bob, yes a lot of equipment, but no evidence of any consistent maintenance done. The company apparently has gone into liquidation and unless they can find some serious financial assistance, everything will be auctioned off.
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PostPosted: Jan 29, 2016 01:45    Post subject: Re: Manganese mining.  

To conclude, a few pictures of the farm.


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