A gold miner is me.

Not often does one have the chance to visit a real gold mine. So I was very fortunate, that on my last visit to South Africa Wynand arranged that I could go down in the gold mine where he works. The mine is in Virginia in Free State, a few kilometers from Welkom where my boat is being built.

The name of the mine is Harmony Merriespruit 1, and part of a bigger complex of gold mines. Harmony is the fifth largest gold producer in the world, with operations and projects in South Africa and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

We went in at level 37 (of the in total 51 levels of this mine) and then worked our way down to level 40, at a depth of about 1300 m.

All in all an amazing and unforgettable experience.


About Stranded Mariner

Marine Engineer and passionate sailor and cruiser, working in the marine business in China.
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2 Responses to A gold miner is me.

  1. Wynand says:

    hang on to that piece of gold ore you removed from the rock face 1300m down. Will be worth something a few centuries from now.

    Glad you had a fun time.


  2. Actually I put it in my special show case. It will always be a special memory.

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