oa South African Journal of Geology - Presidential Address 1973/74 presented at the XV Congress of the Society at Bloemfontein, April 1973. Witwatersrand Gold - what of the future?

Volume 78 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1012-0750
  • E-ISSN: 1996-8590



The changing gold price, the variation in world gold production, the relationship of the gold price to the price of other commodities as well as to the South African balance of trade are reviewed . The conclusion is reached that the price will continue to rise and that the discovery of new goldfields is essential to South Africa's continued prosperity. The concept of a fluvial origin for the Witwatersrand auriferous conglomerates is supported; a comparison is made with sediments deposited by a present-day river on the coastal plain of the eastern United States. The conclusion is reached that new Witwatersrand type goldfields still await discovery in or around the Witwatersrand sedimentary basin and that exploration for them should be vigorous.

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