Mining historian, columnist, journalist and author Jade Davenport will coincide the launch of her book, Digging Deep – A History of Mining in South Africa, with the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba, which will take place at the International Cape Town Convention Centre from February 3 to 6.

“The Mining Indaba is the largest gathering of mining professionals in Africa and, with the 8 000 delegates that are expected to attend the 2014 conference, it just makes sense to launch the book at the event,” she says.

The book covers 150 years of commercial mining activity in South Africa, beginning with the advent of commercial mining in the Northern Cape’s Namaqualand and concluding with the promulgation of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act in 2002.

“The book covers the history of seven of South Africa’s most historically important commodities – copper, diamonds, gold, coal, iron-ore, platinum and uranium,” says Davenport.

She believes the book is the first of its kind, as it provides a comprehensive history of South Africa’s phenomenal mineral revolution.

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