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The Mineral Collection of Desmond Sacco, Johannesburg, South Africa

Desmond Sacco has one of the finest collections of southern African minerals in the world. Many knowledgeable individuals, including major museum curators, experienced collectors, prominent mineral dealers, and others, have viewed the collection, and all unanimously agree that it is outstanding. Although the collection focuses primarily on the Tsumeb mine and the Kalahari manganese field, other “classic” southern African localities are also represented, such as Klein Spitzkoppe, Kombat, Tschudi, Erongo, Onganja, Berg Aukas, Rosh Pinah, the Alto Ligonha district of Mozambique, the Goboboseb Mountains, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Despite this emphasis on southern Africa, there are also outstanding specimens from other classic worldwide localities, but because this issue of Rocks & Minerals is celebrating Africa and its minerals, these will be featured here and not the non-African specimens. Suffice it to say that the Sacco collection also contains outstanding Russian and Moroccan minerals as well as subsuites from China, Pakistan, and other overseas localities.

Dr. Bruce Cairncross is head of the Department of Geology at the University of Johannesburg and a consulting editor of Rocks & Minerals.

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