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South African government to gradually legalise illegal mining – Oliphant

Date: Feb 9, 2018
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.

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