https://www.miningweekly.com

South African government to gradually legalise illegal mining – Oliphant

8th February 2018

By: African News Agency

  

Font size: - +

CAPE TOWN – Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant said on Thursday the South African government had taken a decision to gradually regularise the activities of illegal miners on a merit basis.

Illegal mining is prevalent in South Africa, and forms part of an underground economy, with spates of violence between the operators, called "Zama-Zamas" and deaths resulting from accidents underground.

"The only way to minimize and combat illegal mining is to legalize it. We have taken a decision that says where it is safe to do so, let us legalize," Oliphant told delegates at the Mining Indaba.

"We will deal with each situation as it comes. The dangerous ones are in Gauteng because they go underground, they mine the pillars, and as you've seen the number of corpses because they are gangsters as well. People fight for their turf. So that is a difficult one for us."

In the face of an increase in illicit activities, particularly on diamond fields, Oliphant last month struck a deal with Kimberley-based Ekapa Mining, which operates De Beers' historic mining areas, that illegal miners would be allowed to mine about 400 hectares on Ekapa properties. This was on condition that they became legalized and operated within the law.

Edited by African News Agency

Comments

Latest Multimedia

Photo of Martin Creamer
On-The-Air (01/03/2024)
Updated 2 hours 48 minutes ago By: Martin Creamer

Showroom

John Deere (Pty) Ltd
John Deere (Pty) Ltd

In 1958 John Deere Construction made its first introduction to the industry with their model 64 bulldozer.

VISIT SHOWROOM 
AutoX
AutoX

We are dedicated to business excellence and innovation.

VISIT SHOWROOM 

Latest Multimedia

sponsored by

Photo of Martin Creamer
Gold, carbon emissions, renewable projects make headlines
Updated 5 hours ago
Magazine video image
Magazine round up | 01 March 2024
1st March 2024
Implats CEO Nico Muller
Implats expecting phased reduction in group output
29th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Option 1 (equivalent of R125 a month):

Receive a weekly copy of Creamer Media's Engineering News & Mining Weekly magazine
(print copy for those in South Africa and e-magazine for those outside of South Africa)
Receive daily email newsletters
Access to full search results
Access archive of magazine back copies
Access to Projects in Progress
Access to ONE Research Report of your choice in PDF format

Option 2 (equivalent of R375 a month):

All benefits from Option 1
PLUS
Access to Creamer Media's Research Channel Africa for ALL Research Reports, in PDF format, on various industrial and mining sectors including Electricity; Water; Energy Transition; Hydrogen; Roads, Rail and Ports; Coal; Gold; Platinum; Battery Metals; etc.

Already a subscriber?

Forgotten your password?

MAGAZINE & ONLINE

SUBSCRIBE

RESEARCH CHANNEL AFRICA

SUBSCRIBE

CORPORATE PACKAGES

CLICK FOR A QUOTATION







sq:0.289 0.346s - 171pq - 2rq
Subscribe Now