Rampant illegal mining poses a considerable threat to the formal mining industry in terms of sustainability as well as posing innumerable risk to the wellbeing of surrounding communities, according to Aspasa director Nico Pienaar.
Redundant mine shafts are becoming a growing risk for large mining houses due to a sharp spike in illegal mining activities.
A special South African Police Service, or SAPS, task team has been appointed to tackle gang violence and illegal mining in the Free State.
Health and safety
Gemfields has warned that illegal miners – including juveniles - are putting their lives at risk and facing “modern slavery” in Mozambique.
Features & Analysis
Years ago the mainstream media made a meal of how acid mine drainage was going to be the undoing of the Johannesburg CBD - the new fear is now ZamaZamas.
Widespread illegal mining activity and rising regulatory risks stemming from improving commodity prices will pose challenges to miners in SSA over the coming months and hinder investment into the region.
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