Snippets of a by-gone time, we share anecdotes and tales of early Johannesburg.
27 October 2011
A motley crew joined Jameson on his ill-fated ride on Johannesburg. Instead of victory, the survivors were jailed. But they helped precipitate the war that overthrew the Boer Republic.
12 October 2011
Who really discovered the biggest gold reef in the world will forever be a mystery, writes Rod Kruger in the fourth part in a series on the story of the discovery of gold on the West Rand.
03 May 2011
Edith Struben kept the home fires burning while her father and uncle mined the Reef for gold, writes Rod Kruger in the third part in a series on the story of the discovery of gold on the West Rand.
16 March 2011
The mining display at the old Confidence Mine in the Kloofendal Nature Reserve is growing. An old steam engine has joined the stamp batteries, used for crushing rock in the search for gold ore.
21 February 2011
They were so optimistic they had hit pay dirt, they named their mine Confidence Reef. It was not to be, but Fred and Harry Struben did not give up, writes Rod Kruger.
24 January 2011
On the way to find Dr Livingstone in deepest Africa, Archie Edgson was sidetracked by a flooding river and a beautiful woman. And the rest, as they say, is history, writes Rod Kruger.