Bulembu: Abandoned Asbestos Mining Ghost-Town

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    That is quite a place of business.
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    The road to Bulembu.
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    Bulembu, the asbestos mine houses.
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    Terraces of homes.
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    Abandoned.
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    Growth moving in. But, there is life on the hill behind.
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    Community washing basins.
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    Great, a new trash heap. That will keep the rats away.
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    Nature wants to end you!
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    Even when it was in use, it was probably a pretty unpleasant start to your morning.
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    Lavatory.
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    Porch and kitchen.
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    One room shack.
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    A spacious kitchen.
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    Two room shack.
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    The colors are great.
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    Homes with electricity!
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    The cable car.
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    The cables heading out over the hills to Barberton, South Africa.
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    The whole asbestos shipping system.
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    These buckets to be filled with asbestos.
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    Bulembu.
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    Tracks to move carts of asbestos to the factory.
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    It is pretty and green here.
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    Asbestos warehouses.
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    Asbestos tailings.
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    That is a very unhealthy mound.
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    Asbestos mine.
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    Dilapidation and abandonment.
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    There is a forest growing in this one.
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    My friend Sizolwethu.
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    Workers going to the pulp mill.
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    Ah, that is why our ride was late.
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    My ride from Bulembu.
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    Making charcoal.
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    Ooooh, something tells me our ride is going to be late...

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3 Responses

  1. José Filipe Chemane says:

    Good day!
    I leaved and worked at Bulembu asbestos mine as a vigilant guard, 1996-1997, and i have good memories of it, the good view around it of mountans, eucaliptus and the beautiful green land.

    During my stay i have met a woman named phumzile who also worked at bulembu asbestos mine company, with whom i had a love affair with. After i left to South Africa i totally lost her contact.

    Would you help me to meet her, and put me in touch!

    • harrishog1 says:

      Wow José,
      That is amazing. I would love to be able to help you but and only a journalist and I do not have connections that would be able to help you. But I sure hope that you can figure out a way to track her down. Places like Facebook are a really good place to start if you can remember her full name. And I sure hope you fine her. I am so pleased that you took the time to find this article and share your story with me. That is amazing. I wish you luck José, and thanks again for writing!

      • José Filipe Chemane says:

        Thank you so much for your time…!

        i will keep looking with hope that one day i meet her again.

        Kind Regards
        José Chemnae

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