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Old Ngwenya Iron Ore Mine

Mbabane, Heritage Site, Natural Attraction, Place of Interest

Old Ngwenya Iron Ore Mine


Dating back 42 000 years the mine has been used by a lot of different cultures for the red ochre that is abundant in the region. More recently in the 70’s the mining company Anglo-American mined more than 20 000 000 tonnes of low grade metal from the mine. Luckily after a few years the mining stopped and nature was allowed to claim back what once belonged to it. This created a landscape where old mining sites are fresh water lakes and old mine heaps have become mountains. 
 
The area is extremely beautiful and filled with life, unfortunately there is a new mining operation that has started in the region. So it’s best to go look at the beauty that’s within the area before you can’t anymore.