mineral at the proposed Kromdraai North Colliery is the No. 4 and No. 2 coal seams, which consist of approximately 7 million tons of Run of Mine coal. The No. 4 seam will be mined using opencast mining methods and the No. 2 coal seam will be mined using underground mining methods.
The first government mining concession on the Witwatersrand was granted to The Kromdraai Goldmine by the first President of South Africa, Paul Kruger. A visit to the Kromdraai Gold Mine at the centre of the Cradle of Humankind will give you an unparalleled view of old mining methods.
As one of the oldest gold mines in the province, the Kromdraai Gold Mine is a great attraction for visitors to learn more about traditional mining methods, the history of this industry and its contribution to local economy and culture. Gold was first discovered at Kromdraai in 1881, five years before the gold rush, and it was in 1885 that the farm was proclaimed a mine.
On a guided tour of the old mine tunnel visitors learn about these old fashioned methods of mining and can view the remaining evidence of the great amounts of dynamite which were used to blast the tunnels, while walking along the mines old coco pan tracks.
Visiting the Kromdraai Gold Mine is a fascinating, somewhat nostalgic, peek into the South Africa of old. Visitors learn about traditional mining methods, the history of this industry and its contribution to local economy and culture.