I remember being sent to sample these workings when I worked at Mazoe in 1968. The workings were very cramped - were they worked by Bushman slaves?
The sample results indicated that the rock that they must have mined was unpayable by modern standards. I think that the overall grade was less than 1ppm, about a 1/4 of what would be regarded as marginal in shallow undergroung workings now. I assumed that the mine operators at that time had no working costs - just food for the workers.
Oh Ja - and there is a chance of gold mineralisation at Gras Vallei, due to the possible presense of the Merensky Reef at depth below the chromitite seams. Gras Vallei purportedly contained some of the highest grade chromite reserves in the Bushveld, due either to the faulted nature of the orebody, which would have resulted in hydrothermal activity along fracture lines, resulting in the leaching of iron oxide from the ore and the concomitant upgrading of the chrome oxide therein or, more interestingly, due to the sale of smuggled Rhodesian chrome ore from this site during the sanctions era.
This is a BEAU! Haven't been to Epupa in a VERY LONG time; think it's time for a visit! Like your pics!
Nice to see this area is relatively pristine. I remember it 40 years ago when I worked in the Shamva-Ball Mine area. In those days, you still stood the chance of being allocated a daughter if you dropped in on Chief Chitsungo (I do't think that he lasted through Chimurenga). Are you a Chibvuti Newmarch?
Seem to remember that this restaurant was operating when I was a small boy and lived on the farm next door. That would have been +/- 1956. It was run by a lady and her son from Kenya.
Excellent set of pictures, especially this one - don't know why its not on GE
Boomvaring. (Cyathea dregei).
This is a Swanson Franclen
This is a beautiful photograph - congratulations
i like this site for Debengeni why people some times not coming back when their visit there