Missed Opportunities? A Case Study from South Africa’s Mining Sector

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Jo Lorentzen (ed) Resource Intensity, Knowledge and Development Insights from Africa and South America . Chapter 5, pages 179-213
Thomas Pogue
Cape Town: HSRC Press
ISBN 10: 0-7969-2213-6, ISBN 13: 978-07969-2213-7

South Africa remains one of the world's largest producers of gold, despite the majority of its deposits being several kilometres below the surface. In the late 1960s the depth of the gold deposits motivated the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation (COMRO), the industry's cooperative research institute, to undertake research and development of alternative technologies to extract the gold-bearing host rock.

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