Construction of the Gautrain in Johannesburg has been halted for six months after workers found a large quantity of gold coins minted between 1892 and 1898 at the construction site in Rosebank. Excited historians believe the coins could be the missing Kruger millions.
Historians pointed out that they will need to further comb the area for any additional coins or other clues. Work on the Gautrain will be suspended from today.
The Gautrain has been praised for creating 63 000 jobs so far. As a result of this, Gauteng Local Government MEC Qedani Mahlangu said last month that the project has empowered citizens in terms of skills development and transfer, job creation and improving Gauteng's economic capacity.
Project CEO Jack van der Merwe also addressing the media on progress regarding the project's socio-economic development last month, gave assurance that the global economic meltdown will not affect the cost of the project. The Gautrain project is estimated to cost about R25 billion and Van der Merwe says to date they have spent about R15 billion.---www.sabcnews.com