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Image from page 224 of "S.A. mining and engineering journal" (1891)

Identifier: p2saminingengine32joha

Title: S.A. mining and engineering journal

Year: 1891 (1890s)


Subjects: Mineral industries Mining industry and finance Mines and mineral resources

Publisher: Johannesburg

Contributing Library: Gerstein - University of Toronto

Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto



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. Dynamos and Motors. Turbo-alternators. Rigid Dutch construction.Agents wanted. Add.: ELECTRO SLIKKERVEER, HOLLAND. J.burg, Qbtofaer 15, l.HM. THE S.A. MINING AND ENGINEERING JOURNAL. 21., Witbank By-Products. A SUCCESSFUL INDUSTRY. Few people are aware with what success tar is nowbeing produced by the By-product plant of the WitbankColliery. An illustration on this page shows the magnitudeof the plant, and the following extract from some views ofthe manager of the plant (Air. W. T. Burton), given in ourCoal Number, may he of interest: — Mr. Burton wrote, inter alia:—Having been in the coun-try a lew months only, one naturally feels at a disadvan-tage to give a definite opinion on such an important subject.But at the outset it seems to me that the potential valueof waste coal which costs sixpence to dump has not up tonow been realised with the exception of one of our greatmining houses. I know of no other in the sub-continentwho have made any serious attempt to utilize any of the


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The Witbank Colliery By-Products Plant. enormous quantity of unsaleable coal which in every collieryis mined daily. When one realizes the fact that tons of tar,wood and iron preservatives and other bitumistic com-pounds are imported annually and that we have the rawmaterial at our disposal (material which is very often anexpensive nuisance), one is given furiously to think. Tomy mind the non-development of this industry is due toconcentration on the gold and diamond industry, wherebyother national resources were ignored, and justly so perhaps.But any empire or country which concentrates all its ener-gies and capital on one or two sources of revenue, is in theiong run bound to come to a dead end. Wherever one industry is created, obviously productsare required to help in its own particular line to maintainit. In the case of South Africa the position is unique, bothin natural resources and, compared with other nations,(dieap labour and raw material, and can manufacture anyor all of the



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