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9 DEEPEST OPEN-PIT MINES

9. FINSCH DIAMOND MINE

100 metres [Northern Cape]

Lime Acres, where the Finsch diamond mine is situated is an hour-and-a half hours’ drive from Kimberly. The mine is one of the five producing operations that Petra Diamonds have in their impressive South African portfolio. … Read More

8. GROOTEGELUK MINE

120 metres [Limpopo]

The literal English translation of grootegeluk is great happiness. That is exactly what this coal mine has brought its Exxaro owners since 1980, its year of acquisition. Situated within the Waterberg Coalfield of the Limpopo province, the … Read More

7. CULLINAN DIAMOND MINE

190 metres [Gauteng]

The Cullinan, also known as the Premier Mine, was established in 1902. On 22 November 2007, De Beers, the world’s largest diamond producer, sold its historic Cullinan mine to Petra Diamonds Cullinan Consortium (PDCC), a consortium led … Read More

6. KIMBERLEY MINE

215 metres [Northern Cape]

We could produce an entire quiz show on this entry alone. Where were the world’s first hard-rock diamond deposits found? What is the name of a South African open pit mine that has been nominated to … Read More

5. MOGALAKWENA MINE

245 metres [Limpopo]

This Anglo-Platinum mine represents one of the largest platinum reserves in southern Africa with estimated reserves of 264.9 million oz of platinum. Established in 1993 near the town of Mokopane in the Limpopo Province, it consists of … Read More

4. JAGERSFONTEIN MINE

275 metres [Free State]

Jagersfontein Mine was discovered in 1870 and closed in 1971, less than a year after the centenary of the first diamond discovery in the area. The 972 carats Excelsior Diamond is the largest found at the … Read More

3. SISHEN MINE

400 metres [Northern Cape]

Kumba Iron Ore owns this open pit mine which was opened in 1953. Iron ore drilling is the name of the game at Sishen Mine in the small town of Kathu in the Northern Cape. Sishen … Read More

2. VENETIA DIAMOND MINE

450 metres [Limpopo]

This is the youngest open pit mine on this entire list. Opened in 1992, the Venetia Diamond Mine is located in the Venetia Limpopo Nature Reserve, close to the town of Alldays, in the Limpopo Province. The … Read More

1. PALABORA MINE

800 metres [Limpopo]

Palabora Mine owes its origins to a unique rock formation in the region known as the Palabora Igneous Complex. The company has been operational since its incorporation in 1956 and it operates a single cluster of open … Read More

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