What an exciting weekend we’ve just had! A relaxing country getaway, a charming old mining town, and a quick safari – we did a lot in just 3 days. Continue reading “Weekend Wanders”
I have been researching illegal gold mining in South Africa for the past few months, trying to understand this illicit industry and see what drives people to become zama-zamas (illegal miners). To help me get a better sense of what their underground lives are like, Spencer put me in touch with Lloyd, the owner of the mine he used to work at. Lloyd granted me a useful interview, and then invited us to visit his mine and meet with some of the illegal miners working on the property. We jumped at the chance, as it was also a great opportunity for Spencer to revisit the site where he worked from 2010-2011.
A year ago this week, Spencer and I were about as far away from South Africa as geographically possible. We were 10,000 miles away in Alaska, experiencing a wilderness totally unlike Africa.
There is only one way to reach the town of Luderitz by car. It is a 125 km drive west from the nearest town of Aus, and for the entire length of that drive, there is virtually nothing but sand as far as the eye can see.