South Africa is mining country (it's also 'farming' country, but that's a different project :-)
- Barney Barnato
- Cecil John Rhodes
- George Harrison - prospector (dates unknown) who discovered the gold bearing Main Reef on the farm Langlaagte in 1886, which lead to the gold rush on the Witwatersrand and the creation of Johannesburg.
- Harry Oppenheimer (1908-2000). Businessman - De Beers, Anglo American
- Hans Merensky 1871-1952, geologist who discovered many of South Africa's mineral deposits
- Mannie Jacobson 1904 -1980, gold prospector, most notable being Aandenk in Orange Free State
- Wheatcroft, Geoffrey, 'The Rand Lords' The Men Who mAde SA, 1993
- Roberts, Brian, 'Kimberley, Turbulent City,' 1976
- Jackson, Stanley, 'The Great Barnato.' 1970
- van Onselen, Charles, 'Masked Raiders', Irish Banditry in Southern Africa, 2010
- online book "Diamond: Story of Man's Greatest Greed'
- David Pallister, Sarah Stewart and Ian Lepper: 'South Africa Inc. The Oppenheimer Empire' *Epstein, Edward Jay, The Rise and Fall of Diamonds: The Shattering of a Brilliant Illusion, Simon & Schuster, 1982.
- Gregory, Theodore, Ernest Oppenheimer and the Economic Development of Southern Africa, Oxford University Press, 1962.
- Hocking, Anthony, Oppenheimer and Son, McGraw-Hill, 1973.
- The Historical Monuments of South Africa
- The Gold Miners of South Africa
- The story of Barbeton