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Blyvooruitzicht: A glimmer of hope between the sewage, rats and fear

‘Thrown away like rubbish’ — Residents of what was once a rich mining town have survived the seven years since the mine closed

Eskom’s proposed tariff hikes risk making mining unsustainable — minerals council

The debt-laden power utility is asking for a 15% annual tariff hike for three years

Thousands of zama-zamas receive mining permits

After years of illegally extracting diamond fragments, the Kimberley Artisanal Mineworkers will finally be recognised as a legal mining cooperative

Illegal mining about survival, not criminality

Subsistence miners are in no more danger than legal mineworkers – and are no national threat

Christo Wiese, Mila Kunis and the blood rubies of Mozambique

The dealings of the self-proclaimed "world’s leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones" look decidedly less rosy on the ground.

Gang wars erupt over abandoned mines in SA

With the emergence of armed gangs operating in illegal mining, rival miners kidnap and force each other to work in slave-like conditions underground.

Violent threat, real opportunity in zama zama gold rush

With a dire socioeconomic situation and a history of xenophobia, turf wars between local and foreign zama zamas may lead to more violence.

Editorial: Police failings mock Constitution

A spate of murders, assaults, rapes and robberies at Blyvoor and in the surrounding communities has gone unprosecuted and unpunished.

Illegal miners: Poisoning is better than poverty

Nigeria's illegal miners have continued their quest for gold despite lead contamination affecting thousands.

Aurora meets Marikana at bloody Blyvoor

Illegal miners are reportedly being killed without consequence amid evidence of mine-stripping.

NUM warns of looming illegal mining disaster

The National Union of Mineworkers has said a major tragedy is looming if government does not curb the thriving illegal mining industy.

GoldOne’s warrens of worry

Mine owners face an ethical and legal nightmare in trying to deal with illegal shafts.

Several rescued illegal miners to appear in court

Following the rescue of 25 illegal miners from an abandoned mine shift, 22 of them are set to appear in court, say the Hawks.

Two illegal miners die, one body trapped underground

Kilometres away from where 25 illegal miners were rescued, Ekurhuleni municipality says two illegals miners have died in a mine shaft in the area.

Trapped illegal miners avoid rescue to delay arrest

A rescued illegal miner has been sent back underground to convince his trapped colleagues to come to the surface.

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