It’s been a bit hard to get the old concentration up for blogging over the past few days. The gold mine where I have worked for most of the last 20 years is probably closing fairly soon.
I was there from almost the start, when a small crew battled against the odds in hell hole conditions of heat and humidity to open up the historic workings, then develop it to the point where we could get it back in production. Looking back I really don’t know how we stood it, but I was 20 years younger then.
The company that owned it originally went into receivership when a coal mine they owned caught fire, then after a long period it was sold to a company which has done its best, but ultimately was unable to fund the development needed.
Sadly we will be leaving reasonable reserves behind, but as we couldn’t raise the capital to get to them, nor in the current financial crisis, find a buyer, I guess the writing is on the wall for us.
Its great that I was able to be part of almost the full life of the project, but seeing it end this way is a great sadness. I’ll miss the guys I have worked with over the years, in the main they were and still are the greatest bunch of blokes I have ever had the honour of knowing, and that includes some bloody great management.