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Some of the infrastructure, including the Blyvoor hospital building, has collapsed since the mine’s closure. Picture: Dewald van Rensburg
Some of the infrastructure, including the Blyvoor hospital building, has collapsed since the mine’s closure. Picture: Dewald van Rensburg

Johannesburg - The imminent restructuring of AngloGold Ashanti’s TauTona mine near Carletonville has the next-door neighbours worried.

Between the AngloGold operation and the town lies the now-defunct Blyvooruitzicht (Blyvoor) mine, said to have been the most profitable gold mine in the South African industry’s history.

In 1937 it was the first operation in what would become the West Wits goldfield. In 2013 it abruptly closed when then owners Village Main Reef put it into provisional liquidation.

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