A report in the Sunday Times reveals how much money metal detecting hobbyists can make by searching South Africa’s beaches.
The paper interviewed Andy Naude, owner of two chicken franchises at Cape Town airport and a dedicated detectorist, on Camps Bay beach.
“The place is littered with hair pins and bottle tops, and hundreds of new R2 pieces,” Naude said.
He said that he once helped a woman to locate her lost wedding ring in Mauritius, following a two day search.
According to Clapton, if you are assiduous, metal detecting can boost or even provide an income.
“I have found R12,000 and R16,000 in coins at a time. Another time I came back with R60,000 worth of gold jewellery. You learn how to look.”
He said he bought his first detector, a R50,000 Minelab CTX3030, which paid for itself in the first year.
“Last year I did more than R300,000 in gold alone. It takes a bit of time. You have to learn your machine. It’s the 100-hour thing.”
The full article can be found in the Sunday Times 7 February edition.