Mining and Oil
By: Colin Caine
"Large deposites of gold were discovered in South Africa around 1800's" Sanders. This also les to the discovery of more and more mines, their was one in Vogelstruisfontein and of cores many other smaller towns. With more and more gold mines starting to pop-up the higher South Africa's Gold production went up. "South Africa was and still does produce the most amount of gold in the world, coming in at about one sixths the worlds gold " Sanders. At the time period this was a substantial amount of gold, the most that anyone had seen come out of a country at a time. "Along with looking for the gold people also found large amounts of oil reserves. This also turned into one of their big industries." U.S. Energy
(The picture to the right is a picture of the first gold mine in South Africa)
So as the gold and oil business grew so did the people as a result. This is how so many towns and communities were set up in South Africa so quickly. Plus many of these towns were multi-racial as a result of the white immigrants moved in looking to "make it big." "The discovery of all this gold also led to the idea for better transportation, this was were the railroads were built this connected almost all of Africa." South.
Due to the excessive amounts of gold mines, their was also the need for more and more workers. Owners had to increase workers yearly and soon it went from 14,000 to 100,000 South.
The future of Mining and Oil in South
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