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Mx Gazetteer for South Africa

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Molyneaux Road

Beaconsfield, Kimberley 8301, South Africa
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   09 May 2015

Location of De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited. The De Beers Group of Companies has a leading role in the diamond exploration, diamond mining, diamond retail, diamond trading and industrial diamond manufacturing sectors. The company is currently active in every category of diamond mining: open-pit, underground, large-scale alluvial, coastal and deep sea. The company operates in 28 countries and mining takes place in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Canada.

It is thought that this road was named after Richard G Molyneux who had a 35-year career with Anglo American and De Beers, the last six spent at the helm of De Beers Canada. He began his career as an exploration geologist, working in various areas of South Africa. In 1997 he transferred to Kimberley as General Manager of Central Mines with overall responsibility for the Finsch, Koffiefontein and Kimberley operations. During his time with De Beers he distinguished himself by demonstrating a knowledge and aptitude for the many complex aspects of diamond exploration and mining. Further details of Richard Molyneux’s career are covered in the Gazetteer entry for Molyneux Nature Reserve.


Molyneux Avenue

Selcourt Springs, South Africa
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   09 May 2015

Springs is a city on the East Rand in the Gauteng province of South Africa. It lies 50 km (31 mi) east of Johannesburg and 72 km (45 mi) southeast from Pretoria. The name of the city derives from the large number of springs in the area; it has an estimated population of more than 375,000. Springs is an economic hub in the East Rand with a diverse economy, ranging from manufacturing, commerce, service, hospitality, mining and service providing companies. Springs is also well known for its architecture: it has the second biggest collection of small scale Art Deco buildings in the world, after Miami in Florida, in the USA. These Art Deco buildings were constructed between the two World Wars. No other historical information is available at the moment.



Molyneux Nature Reserve

Kleinzee, Northern Cape, South Africa
Contributed by: AU019 Brian Seddon   |   09 May 2015

This small reserve in the Kleinzee area is the size of approximately eight rugby fields, but is home to more than 132 species of indigenous plants, including a multitude of tiny succulents.

Kleinzee is a small diamond-mining town in the Namakwa District Municipality on the west coast of the Northern Cape province in South Africa, that was owned by De Beers. Its population size was around 2,000 residents, but was vastly reduced by the downscaling of mining activities in 2009. The Buffels River ‘flows’ through Kleinsee, but most of the time it is just a dry riverbed and the river only flows approximately every ten years. The region is also known for its 4 X 4 trails, surfing, birding, hiking and a museum.

The Molyneux Nature Reserve falls within Namaqualand, the world’s most extraordinary desert. Namaqualand is recognised as one of only 25 biodiversity hotpots in the world. These hotspots – most of which occur in tropical rainforest regions – are home to large numbers of plants and animals that live nowhere else (i.e. they are endemic) that are seriously threatened by the activities of humans.

The reserve was set aside by De Beers Namaqualand Mines and was recently sold by them. It is thought the reserve was named after either Richard G Molyneux or his wife Desiree. Richard Molyneux was born in Kimberley, studied geology at the University of Cape Town before joining De Beers Consolidated Mines as an exploration geologist in 1971. He went on to hold many senior positions within the company. As Chief Geologist of Namaqualand Mines he was responsible for the exploration and ore reserve management activities in marine and alluvial deposits over several hundred kilometres of coastline. In March 1995 he was appointed General Manager of Namaqualand Mines. This position included overall responsibility for 2,000 worker and the mining carried out in four plant complexes treating over 6.0 million tons of ore annually. In 2000 he was appointed as President and CEO of De Beers Canada Corporation.


Molyneux is recognized for his deep commitment to sustainable development and sound environmental management and he has always sought to make a positive difference to the communities associated with the projects and mines he has had responsibility for.


Molyneux Road

Durban 4063, South Africa
Contributed by: US 329 Jim Molineux   |   14 Dec 2014

No confirmed historical information available. May have been named for Colonel Molyneux who worked to restore the Old Fort in Durban (located nearby). 


Mullineux Family Wines

Riebeek-Kasteel, South Africa
Contributed by: US297 Christina Mollineaux Witcher   |   07 Dec 2014

Riebeek ValleyA small, highly focused Family winery based in the village of Riebeek Kasteel producing a select Family of hand-crafted wines from the granite and shale based terroirs of the Swartland Region of South Africa. Riebeek-Kasteel is one of the oldest towns in South Africa, situated at 80 km north-east of Cape Town in The Riebeek Valley.

The Swartland is a beautiful and wild place. The landscape is a series of rolling hills, with a few significant outcrops of rock that form the Paardeberg, Riebeek Kasteel and Piketberg Mountains. It is not an easy place to establish vines, and is a region that has as much of an influence on the vineyards and people who farm there as the people have on the land itself.

Chris Mullineux was introduced to the world of wine while studying accountancy at the University of Stellenbosch. After braving his way through accounting, he enrolled into winemaking for a second degree, and then took a position starting up a boutique organic winery in Tulbagh, where he was in charge of the vineyards and cellar for 5 very enjoyable years. In addition to stints at de Trafford and Rustenberg wineries in South Africa, Chris has also worked harvests at top wineries in Cote Rotie, Bandol, the Languedoc, Roussillon, and California. Over the years, his exposure to the people, vineyards and wines of the Swartland has lead to a growing love for, and firm belief in the region.

Andrea Mullineux developed her passion for wine at the family dinner table, growing up in San Francisco. After studying Viticulture and Oenology at UC Davis, and completing a handful of harvests in the Napa Valley, Andrea worked in Stellenbosch, and then in Chateauneuf where on the same trip, she met Chris at a wine festival in Champagne! Andrea’s love for South African wine (and Chris) brought her back to South Africa where they learnt that their compatibility extended into the vineyards and cellar. When Andrea is not hard at work in the cellar, her creative energies flow into the kitchen where she loves cooking up a storm, glass of wine in hand.