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Blyvooruitzicht was once the largest, most prosperous gold mine in SA. Established in 1937, it was the flagship operation of Rand Mines, a mining house more powerful than Anglo American in its day. At one stage, Blyvooruitzicht was said to have been the world’s most profitable mine.

Even into the 2000s, people would come from far and wide just to see its beautiful gardens, about 80km west of Joburg. Residents had more recreational halls than they knew what to do with, and a choice of no fewer than seven golf courses...

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