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Field Trips Hosted by Upstream Training Trust 2017/2018

On 15 to 26 June 2017 the Upstream Training Trust sponsored a field trip consisting of 15 honours and 3 masters students from the University of Fort Hare. The first stop was at the Kimberley Diamond Mine to see the museum, the diamond mining process and the big hole. The next stop was in Kuruman to observe the Transvaal Supergroup, banded iron formation and manganese ore-deposits around Sishen and Hotazel area. The trip proceeded to Johannesburg stopping at the Botanical Gardens to see the geology park as well as the West Rand and Central Rand Groups of the Witwatersrand Supergroup in the garden. A day was also spent at Mintek to learn about mineral and metallurgical processing followed by a visit to the General Nice Manganese ore-deposits in Carletonville.   

 

On 26 August to 2 September 2017 the Upstream Training Trust sponsored a field trip to De Aar and Upington consisting of 52 third year students from the University of Fort Hare. The students made stops between Craddock and Middelburg to view the Karoo Supergroup, the students also visited the Prieska area to view the banded iron formation, sandstone and mudstone of the Transvaal Supergroup.

 

On 13 May 2018 the Upstream Training Trust sponsored a field excursion to Port Elizabeth area consisting of 58 second year and 3 master students. The students stopped at the Alicedale turnoff to view the sandstones of the Cape Supergroup, Cochester to see the Aeolian and marine Cretaceous deposits, in Port Elizabeth to study the fluvial deposits of the Witteberg Grou, Sardinia Bay and Maitland River mouth to view the Pre-Cape metamorphic rocks and the present Aeolian deposits