Welcome to Fossils by Firelight

Welcome to fossils by firelight - a series of conversations with South Africa's geological legends where they unearth their discoveries, their learnings, memories, interesting stories (and maybe a few tall tales) to chronicle our history and inspire the next generation of geological heroes.
18 Sep 2021 English South Africa Personal Journals · Earth Sciences

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The Golden Days of the Witwatersrand

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Diamonds are Forever

The high pressure path and tenacity of the rough diamonds. Today, Sifiso Siwela and Tania Marshall (GSSA president and a diamond legend in her own right) talk to Mike de Wit, John Ward, and Renato "Spaggs" Spaggiari all three distinguished geological heroes in the diamond fields. Mike, John, Spaggs and…
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The Big Five (or Six or Seven) Houses that shaped South African Mining

Working as geologists during the glory days of the big mining houses. Guests: Richard Viljoen, Frank Gregory, Ron Hieber, Phil Bentley, Roy Corrans and Derek Kyle. In this episode our five distinguished geological legends talk to hosts Noleen and Sifiso about their time working for the big mining houses. We…
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