EDITORIAL | Artisanal mining is vital and must be formalised
The small-scale miners face death and enslavement on a daily basis. They need to be acknowledged and protected
A violent clamour for SA’s dwindling precious metals is driving a deadly war which threatens to destabilise the already fragile mining industry.
The murder of eight illegal miners in the gold mining town of Orkney in North West, who were shot dead during a gunfight with police and mine security earlier this month, has once again shone a spotlight on the violence-fraught sector.
Caught in the crosshairs of the state, mining houses and organised crime gangs, which increasingly resort to violence to both guard and steal SA’s precious resources, are thousands of artisanal miners, the majority of whom are retrenched mineworkers...