Chamber of Mines
The Chamber of Mines has launched the Mining for Schools initiative, an online platform to provide resources for teachers and learners.

Through this initiative the Chamber of Mines intends to reinforce, enhance and extend learning about the South African mining industry.

The first module of this website focuses on gold, as that is the current focus in the national school’s curriculum.

The website, which may be accessed at https://www.miningforschools.co.za, has come about as a result of frequent requests for information by teachers and learners alike, and will be grown and augmented over time.

Further modules will focus on coal, platinum, diamonds, base metals and aggregates.

As the website indicates, South Africa is renowned for its abundance of metals and minerals, accounting for a significant proposition of world production and reserves over many decades.

While the industry acknowledges the negative role it played in the country’s socio-economic history, mining has played a pivotal role in the country’s economic development and continues to do so to this day.

According to the Chamber of Mines in 2016, the mining industry contributed R304.4 billion to GDP; paid R3.7 billion in royalties; employed around 460,000 people (who supported around 4.5 million dependants); paid employees R120 billion in earnings; and spent R211.8 billion on goods and services.

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