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Armed robbers steal four tonnes of gold in Zimbabwe
AllAfrica ^ | Thursday, July 28, 2011 | Kitsepile Nyathi

Posted on 07/28/2011 4:45:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

Four tonnes of gold ore were allegedly stolen by a 46 member gang from a small scale gold mine in Zimbabwe in two separate raids, state media reported on Wednesday.

The robbers allegedly beat up workers with iron bars and clubs.

One of the workers lost two fingers during one of the raids at the mine at Chev Chess Farm near Kadoma, a town about 140 kilometres south west of the capital Harare.

According to the Herald newspaper, the first group of 19 armed men went to the mine on June 8 at night driving pickup trucks.

"They were armed with catapults, stones, machetes, axes, knives, clubs and iron bars," the paper quoted a police source saying.

The gang allegedly beat up farm workers before stealing gold ore which they loaded into their trucks before driving away.

Another group raided the mine on June 22 at night and used the same methods to steal three tonnes of gold ore.

A report was made to the police but no arrests have been made so far.

The owner of the mine Sam Munyoro confirmed the incident but refused to shed more light.

(Excerpt) Read more at africareview.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: africa; gold; goldbugs; ore; zimbabwe
Four tonnes of gold ore were allegedly stolen by a 46 member gang from a small scale gold mine in Zimbabwe in two separate raids. File | Africa Review

Armed robbers steal four tonnes of gold in Zimbabwe

1 posted on 07/28/2011 4:45:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

[singing] Zim - Bab - Way - Whoa oh...


2 posted on 07/28/2011 4:47:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Hope it was Navy Seal Team 6!


3 posted on 07/28/2011 4:49:15 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Life as Nancy Pelosi knows & wants it, must end, Let the nation collapse. DNC vote buys killed it.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Gold ore is very different from gold. My neighbor probably has a ton of gold ore in her driveway. Rendered for gold, there might be a half ounce. Worth more as paving material. What kind of ore are we talking about?

/johnny

4 posted on 07/28/2011 4:50:20 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SunkenCiv

wait... the thieves are refining this ore themselves??


5 posted on 07/28/2011 4:51:15 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: SunkenCiv
Four tonnes of gold ore were allegedly stolen

Gold ore what, they're not sure?

6 posted on 07/28/2011 4:52:12 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: SunkenCiv; Clive

These thugs probably work for Mugabe


7 posted on 07/28/2011 4:53:24 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: SunkenCiv

Good luck with that gold ore dumbasses. LOL


8 posted on 07/28/2011 4:54:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: SunkenCiv
"They were armed with catapults, stones, machetes, axes, knives, clubs and iron bars," the paper quoted a police source saying.

Catapults? "Achmed, grab the catapults. You never know if we might need to breech some ramparts."

9 posted on 07/28/2011 4:58:05 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Breach, not breech. Oops.


10 posted on 07/28/2011 4:59:14 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Maybe you can move ore faster with catapults if you need to.


11 posted on 07/28/2011 5:10:43 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: SunkenCiv

“Mugabe Army Veterans”


12 posted on 07/28/2011 5:11:34 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: GeronL; blam; Cincinatus' Wife; sarcasm; happygrl; Byron_the_Aussie; robnoel; ZOOKER; Bonaparte; ...

Thanks for the ping, GeronL.


13 posted on 07/28/2011 5:11:56 PM PDT by Clive
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To: Pan_Yan

“catapults” = Slingshots in Brit-Speak.

Zimbabwe English is a form of Brit-Speak.


14 posted on 07/28/2011 5:12:19 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I was about to say that 4 tonnes of gold is the whole Zimbabwe treasury, probably worth about a gazillion Zimbabwe dollars. But then I saw that it was 4 tonnes of gold ore. The value would depend upon the concentration of gold in the ore. If, for example, the ore was 1/2% gold, the value would be about $300,000,000.

(Did I mention that those are Zimbabwe dollars? It would be less than a million in U.S. dollars.)


15 posted on 07/28/2011 5:14:47 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: Rocky
...probably worth about a gazillion Zimbabwe dollars.

I'm sure you already know but just in case someone wanders along that doesn't Zimbabwe no longer has a currency. They use U.S. Dollars of South African Rands. Mugabe actually got away with paying off a large portion of their foreign debt with newly printed money until the IMF / World Bank figured out what was going on.

16 posted on 07/28/2011 5:18:46 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Catapults are really, really old school! Ahhh, I long for the days of catapults, battering rams, siege towers, and flaming arrows! Any one for some boiling hot oil?


17 posted on 07/28/2011 5:19:14 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: BwanaNdege

Got it, thanks. That makes a lot more sense that dragging a trebuchet or two to the battle.


18 posted on 07/28/2011 5:20:45 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Rocky

My son has some hyper inflationary Zimbabwe notes. One is for 15 trillion dollars. It was worth around 30 cents US when it was issued.


19 posted on 07/28/2011 5:25:09 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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20 posted on 07/28/2011 5:29:05 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Four tons of gold ore = how much gold?


21 posted on 07/28/2011 5:29:31 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Darwinism is to Genesis as Global Warming is to Revelations.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Four tons of gold ore = how much gold?


22 posted on 07/28/2011 5:29:52 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Darwinism is to Genesis as Global Warming is to Revelations.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Saw a doc on gold. I think a ton (2000lbs) of “pure” gold would just be shy of filling a 14” cube.


23 posted on 07/28/2011 5:31:51 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: SunkenCiv

Now if it had been four tons of food...wait, they don’t have four tons of food.


24 posted on 07/28/2011 5:38:03 PM PDT by Octar
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To: SunkenCiv

Four tonnes of ore does not produce four tonnes of gold. Not even close. Bad headline writing (yet again).


25 posted on 07/28/2011 5:38:17 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: Revolting cat!; Pan_Yan; Sawdring; Rocky

:’D


26 posted on 07/28/2011 5:40:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Pan_Yan

Although a trebuchet WOULD make a really fast way to move gold ore!


27 posted on 07/28/2011 5:41:59 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know.)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

5 grams per ton would be a minimal cost effective level and an ounce per ton would be outstanding. There is a mine in Timmins ONT producing ore in the 15,000 oz per ton range which is phenomenal.


28 posted on 07/28/2011 5:45:45 PM PDT by davius (You can roll manure in powdered sugar but that don't make it a jelly doughnut.)
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To: Clive
The gang allegedly beat up farm workers before stealing gold ore which they loaded into their trucks before driving away.

This just doesn't make any sense at all. 8,000 lbs of gold lying around -- guarded by farm workers -- loaded up -- no more info??

29 posted on 07/28/2011 5:51:29 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: davius
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 19, 2011) - Lake Shore Gold Corp. (TSX:LSG) ("Lake Shore Gold" or the "Company") today reported production results for the second quarter and first six months of 2011. For the second quarter of 2011, gold sales totaled 18,988 ounces while gold poured was 17,421 ounces. A total of 162,974 tonnes at an average grade of 3.55 grams per tonne were processed for 17,615 ounces of recovered gold. During the first six months of 2011, gold sales totaled 52,942 ounces while 43,321 ounces of gold were poured. A total of 311,374 tonnes at an average grade of 4.16 grams per tonne were processed for 39,942 ounces of recovered gold.
30 posted on 07/28/2011 5:57:26 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: razorback-bert

Why are truckloads full of recycled electronics and computers running through my head after I read that?


31 posted on 07/28/2011 6:00:00 PM PDT by bvw
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To: All

Rumours abound about a fat, middle-age man with a Baltic accent and a large Korean wearing a black, felt-derby hat.

Oh yeah....they had a LARGE “lazer”.


32 posted on 07/28/2011 6:09:31 PM PDT by ak267
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To: ak267

That sounds familiar but I can’t quite put my finger on it.


33 posted on 07/28/2011 6:32:54 PM PDT by bigheadfred ("I consulted all the sages I could find in yellow pages but there aren't many of them")
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To: Pan_Yan

Well, the money exchange site that I use still has a conversion to Zimbabwe dollars. I can’t think why they would, if what you say is true. (I don’t doubt the part about Mugabe. I wouldn’t put anything past that thieving murderer.)


34 posted on 07/28/2011 7:08:23 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; razorback-bert
Cincinatus' Wife wrote:
"This just doesn't make any sense at all. 8,000 lbs of gold lying around -- guarded by farm workers -- loaded up -- no more info??"
Actually a bit over 8800 pounds of gold (4 metric tonnes), but it is gold ore, not refined gold.

Using the figure of 3.55 grams per tonne mentioned in Reply 30 by razorback-bert that would produce about 50 ounces of gold.

This article doesn't make sense to me either, but for different reasons. Most thievery in gold mines is done by a crime called "high grading" whereby a miner spots high grade ore and pilfers it and smuggles it out of the mine. High grading involves processing small quantities of ore, perhaps in the miner's home or garage. One high grading operating in northern Quebec took place in rented office space and above the local RCMP detachment and the roof of the building. The perpetrators were caught by RCMP constables smelling the odour produced by the miners' extraction process. The Horsemen who made the arrest thought it a huge joke.

Refining 8 tonnes of ore is a whole different order of magnitude.

I wonder if Zanu PF is putting out a story through their tame news outlet in order to distract from their own shenanigans.

35 posted on 07/28/2011 7:50:52 PM PDT by Clive
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To: SunkenCiv

Hey, I was supposed to get 30% of that gold by helping this guy from Zimbabwe to transfer it to my account so that his fortune was safe from his recently overthrown government...At least thats what the email said...still waiting to hear back from him with my 30%...


36 posted on 07/28/2011 10:20:34 PM PDT by Magnum44 (Terrorism is a disease, precise application of superior firepower is the cure)
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To: Clive

Thank you for the ping Clive.


37 posted on 07/29/2011 12:35:47 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Clive

Information makes things much clearer.

Thank you Clive!!

I believe you are right about the distraction.


38 posted on 07/29/2011 1:28:28 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Pan_Yan
Pan_Yan wrote:
"Catapults? "Achmed, grab the catapults. You never know if we might need to breech some ramparts.""
Yanks call them "slingshots". This Americanism has begun to creep into British usage also. Apparently not so in southern African English.

The term "slingshot" originally meant a sling with a receptacle for a stone. The stone was launched by swinging the stone laden sling in a circle and then releasing it so that the stone flew off at a tangent from the point of release. That is how David killed Goliath

39 posted on 07/29/2011 3:59:52 AM PDT by Clive
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To: Magnum44

Hang in there.


40 posted on 07/29/2011 7:01:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Magnum44

He’s a great guy, that one from Zim. Just send another deposit to cover the transfer of funds ...


41 posted on 08/05/2011 9:46:14 PM PDT by BlackVeil
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