Illegal Mining

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.

Latest

Tshwane water woes in court again

The municipality has been accused of deliberately derailing the contract to sort out toxic water crisis in Hammanskraal

Life in lockdown: Behind closed doors keeping out the coronavirus

South African students in China are staying behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak

Apartheid criminals still at large

Corporations and banks that aided the apartheid regime have not been brought to book, so they continue to act with impunity

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it