- Northern Cape
Place of Water
Aggeneys is a small community, with most of the town's facilities within walking distance; this includes shopping facilites, a post agency, a clinic, a pharmacy, butchery, recreational facilities, schools, a police station, etc.
Aggeneys was founded to service the Black Mountain Mine, an underground base-metal operation nearby, currently employing over 600 permanent staff. This copper/zinc/silver and lead mine is just to the west of the town. The produce of the mine is transported by truck to the nearest railway line, located 150 km (90 miles) to the south-east along a virtually straight gravel (dirt) road. A major zinc deposit has been identified in the nearby Gamsberg inselberg, also set to be mined.
The ranges of hills, mountains and inselbergs in the area display some of the most diverse and complex geology in Southern Africa including some of the richest known concentrations of copper, lead and zinc.
The town itself consists of two sectors: The Northern Village and the Southern Village. Most of the town is decorated with green lawns and beautiful trees.
Climate wise, the area is semi-desert, with arid conditions in general, but boasting some of the most beautiful and scarce fauna and flora in the world.
Aggeneys has an average annual rainfall of around ±112mm, with the highest rainfall occurring between January and April. The lowest recorded annual rainfall was in 1992 at ±11mm, while the highest recorded rainfall was in 2006, at ±220mm
Average minimum and maximum temperatures in the area are 15°C to 38°C in summer and 0°C to 18°C in winter. The days in the summer are long (sunrise at around 6:00am, sunset close to 8:00pm), and short in the winters (sunrise after 07:30am, sunset before 6:00pm)
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