PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
ZION
 
Comments: 1
Article views: 202
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all ZION's badges.
 

Funny mine

17 October 2012, 07:24
FUNNY MINE
One morning I was doing inspection on the 4 booster pump stations that pump water to the Rossing mine 68 km from Swakopmund. I was held up at the 2nd booster station for some forgotten reason. Soon a bakkie stopped at the station and the driver introduced himself to me. His problem was he was not getting water from Water affairs because they had cut his supplies. He was the owner of a small lead mine a few kilometres away. He asked me if I could resume the supply because his mine needed the water urgently.    

As I was doing meter readings I asked him to take me to the mine then I can determine what his problem was. The valves at my end were both open. After taking the readings I noticed his valves were closed at 90% and only a dribble was coming out of the valves. We opened the valves fully and he had his water.      

He invited me to visit the underground workings of his mine, I agreed. We descended on a vertical ladder which felt like lowering oneself through a sewerage inspection entry.  The mine consisted of a long tunnel or drive as it is sometimes referred to. At regular intervals side tunnels were excavated by blasting and a narrow gauge railway line was installed which met up with the main line in the drive and . used for tramming blasted debris and ground to the tip area where it will be hoisted to surface. I was fascinated at the lead deposits. What was of more interest is the Rossing mine was only a few Kilometres away and and the uranium mined there was related to the lead formation. The final product of uranium decay is lead. The mine had a clean ambience with little litter or rubbish laying around.     

Later the manager asked me if I wanted a job as a fitter/boilermaker on his mine I turned it down because I was in the electrical business.    

I was returned to the pump station and completed the inspection. I sent the paperwork through to Windhoek and received a notification that the private mine was deeply in debt due to non-payment of the water account. I was instructed to close the valves fully and attach a lock and chain to the opening mechanism. Which was duly done. The mine manager was duly informed and he eventually paid up.   

That area of Namibia was crawling with  scorpions. They had a nasty habit of entering the pump stations and hiding under the machinery. There were two types: A nasty looking black one and a highly poisonous white one.   

Later years Rossing mine ran a campaign to collect the scorpions for their poison and research.        26/09/12    

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Mkhuseli Vangile
Intellectual issues: Restructurin...

What this article tackles is something that we as human beings failed to appropriately deal with in early stages of our integration.  Read more...

4 comments 84 views
Submitted by
ruffieb
Whose Bread I Eat, His Song I Sin...

This is a translation of the German idiom, “Wes Brot ich ess, des Lied ich sing”, a nifty little phrase which came into being round about the time of Martin Luther. Read more...

0 comments 78 views
Submitted by
MarkH
Doing things the "African" way

I note that “Bob” Mugabe - good, kind, benevolent, according to his party of course – has only just assumed the chair of the AU. Read more...

6 comments 153 views
Submitted by
MarkH
Jackie Selebi and Clive Derby-Lew...

With regards to the death of Jackie Selebi and the continued incarceration of Clive Derby-Lewis I would like to make a couple of points, and I’m no lawyer - just a bystander. Read more...

18 comments 1759 views
Submitted by
Alessio Petrone
Proof of GOD's Existence

It is commonplace now in the year 2015 for all and sundry to debate the existence of GOD….many believe in been Atheists. Read more...

186 comments 4541 views
Submitted by
KingIshman Busa
Call for corruption register

A humble call is hereby made for our government to their seriousness in fighting corruption in SA Read more...

12 comments 482 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.