Geology and Origin of the Vanadiferous Fe-Ti Oxide-rich Kennedy’s Vale Discordant Body, Eastern Limb of the Bushveld Complex, South Africa

BY R.N. SCOON, G. COSTIN AND P.J. GRÄBE.

The 2055 Ma Bushveld Complex, South Africa, is well known for the occurrence of discordant bodies within the Rustenburg Layered Suite (RLS). Many discordant bodies disrupt mining of layered reefs, but a few have been successfully exploited, including the well known platiniferous dunite pipes. The Kennedy’s Vale discordant body, situated in the Steelpoort Valley section of the Eastern Limb, has been almost entirely mined out for a central core of vanadium-rich Ti-magnetite. Discordant bodies are particularly abundant in this area which is severely disrupted by syn-Bushveld doming and faulting.