In the 1970s, South Africa was the world's most prolific exporter of gold. Over the years, industrial decline has seen widespread closures of the mines across the country. However, Johannesburg sits on the biggest gold basin ever discovered. It's perhaps not surprising that many of these abandoned mines have seen a recent boom in illegal mining activity. Everyday, hundreds of illegal gold miners, known as Zama Zamas, descend kilometers deep beneath the surface. The miners often spend weeks underground, toiling away at the country's untapped gold reserves. Observers have suggested that illegal mining is now so widespread, black-market gold arguably supports the communities once subsistent on the very same mines they worked in before they shut down. The lack of policing in the mines has seen the practice go on largely unabated. However, in the absence of law enforcement, the extensive network of abandoned mines beneath the region has become an arena to deadly gang warfare between rival factions. VICE News visited illegal mines near Johannesburg, to meet the Zama Zamas risking life and limb everyday in the violent struggle for South Africa's illegal gold. Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/
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Johannesburg in South Africa has one of the world's largest gold deposits. After decades of mining, large swathes of the population are thought to be exposed to toxic and radioactive mine waste. The BBC's Sophie Ribstein went to meet people living close to the dumps to find out what effect it is having on their health. Filmed and edited by Christian Parkinson. #SouthAfrica #Johannesburg #GoldRush Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog
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We follow the young men coming to South Africa and risking their lives in the abandoned gold mines of Durban Deep. The gold mine is an hour outside Johannesburg and was closed down 12 years ago, after commercial mining companies moved on. Now illegal miners descend half a kilometre underground, through make-shift tunnels, and use explosives to blow apart the rock in search of gold. There are dangers both inside and outside the mines, local gangs control the area, and rapes and murders are now commonplace.
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South Africa has some of the world’s biggest reserves of platinum, gold, iron ore and coal. But mining now makes up less than 7% of its economic output, a steep fall from 20% in the 1970s. Mining companies are blaming low prices and soaring production costs for their plans to cut thousands of jobs at a time the country is struggling with high unemployment rates. Mining is also intertwined with race relations in South Africa. The people who work deep underground in often dangerous conditions are overwhelmingly black, while the executives overseeing them are mainly white. Some of the firms have pushed back against government plans to make them bring on more black shareholders. So, is it a losing battle for the mining sector? And can South Africa move away from its dependence on commodities? Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Lebohang Pheko - Senior Research Fellow at Trade Collective - a non-profit think-tank. Moleko Phakedi - Deputy General Secretary, South African Federation of Trade Unions. Ralph Mathekga - Researcher and Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe - Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish - Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera - Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/
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Gold is quickly becoming the new cocaine in Colombia. The precious metal is now the currency of choice for individuals and groups engaging in illicit trade in the South American country. That's because unlike cocaine, it's perfectly legal to carry gold, and unlike money, it's virtually untraceable. But there are some major side-effects of Colombia's new gold rush that locals are curiously quiet about: erectile dysfunction and brain damage. VICE News correspondent Monica Villamizar travelled to the Antioquia, Colombia, a hotbed of illegal gold mining, to investigate an unprecedented surge in impotence and neurological problems that experts are attributing to mercury, an essential gold-digging element. Watch "Blood Diamonds and Religious War: Diamonds and Division” - http://bit.ly/1zYdmRq Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos
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Recruitment specialists say mining companies, desperate for workers in remote areas, are again turning to FIFO workers from the eastern states, but are unlikely to pay the sky-high wages seen in the last big boom. Read more here: For more from ABC News, click here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/ Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/abcnews Like us on Facebook: http://facebook.com/abcnews.au Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ab.co/1svxLVE Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/abcnews_au
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Subscribe to France 24 now: http://f24.my/youtubeEN FRANCE 24 live news stream: all the latest news 24/7 http://f24.my/YTliveEN Cobalt is an essential component of batteries for smartphones and electric cars. Around 60% of it comes from just one country, DR Congo – and most of the metal is exported to China. But there are ethical concerns: Amnesty International says children and adults are mining cobalt in extremely hazardous conditions. Meanwhile, around a quarter of the cobalt extracted in DR Congo is sold through the black market. This report is from our France 2 colleagues, with Erin Ogunkeye. A programme prepared by Florence Viala, Gaëlle Essoo and Claire Pryde. http://www.france24.com/en/reportages Visit our website: http://www.france24.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: http://f24.my/youtubeEN Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FRANCE24.English Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/France24_en
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According to the weekends media reports, gold mines in South Africa are being looted on an industrial scale. A research report stated that the country loses about R14.4 billion a year due to illicit gold mining. Courtesy #DStv403
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Ghana has had a gold rush but here, Afua Hirsch discovers how Chinese immigrants are profiting from industrialising the country's small-scale mining industry. She sees for herself that, for the many locals who chance losing life and limb for a piece of the same pie, the risks are rarely worth it, and explores where the responsibility for regulating this industry lies. The price of gold: Chinese mining in Ghana documentary Subscribe to the Guardian HERE: http://bitly.com/UvkFpD Afua Hirsch reports on Ghana's gold rush in a film that discovers how Chinese immigrants are profiting from industrialising the country's small-scale mining industry. She sees for herself that, for the many locals who chance losing life and limb for a piece of the same pie, the risks are rarely worth it, and explores where the responsibility for regulating this industry lies.
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South Africa's TauTona mine, real life alchemy, and Halicephalobus Mephisto. Footage from the 2012 documentary, "Down to the Earth's Core". We have travelled into space and looked deep into the universe's depths, but the world beneath our feet remains unexplored and unseen. Now, that's about to change. For the first time in one epic unbroken shot, we embark on an impossible mission - using spectacular computer generated imagery to smash through three thousand miles of solid rock, and venture from our world into the underworld and on to the core of the Earth itself. It's a journey fraught with danger. One thousand feet down we find ourselves inside one of the planet's most volatile places - the San Andreas Fault. Caught between two huge rock slabs, we watch as stress builds and then releases. It unleashes an earthquake and blasts us on towards rivers of molten rock, explosive volcanoes, tears in the Earth's crust and giant tornadoes of liquid metal. But for every danger, there are wonders beyond imagination. Four hundred feet below the surface, a three hundred million year old fossilized forest, with every leaf and every piece of bark perfectly preserved. At one thousand feet down we enter a cave of giant crystals, glistening in deadly 122 degree heat. More than two miles underground we find buried treasure - gold and gems. Deeper still there are valuable resources - salt, oil, coal and iron. And over one hundred miles down we see the sparkling beauty of diamonds. As we descend we piece together our planet's extraordinary story. We rewind time to discover how prehistoric forests became modern-day fuel. 1700 feet down a layer of rock reveals the extraordinary story of the dinosaurs' cataclysmic death. We watch stalactites form and gold grow before our eyes. The deeper we travel into the underworld the more we understand our world above the surface. A bigger picture takes shape - a cycle of destruction and creation, driven by the core that sustains our dynamic planet and makes the Earth the only planet with life in a seemingly lifeless universe. Until, finally, three thousand miles down, we reach the core. Inside it lie the secrets of life as we know it - the magnetic force field that protects life on Earth from the sun's deadly rays, the ancient heat source that keeps our planet alive. Down to the Earth's Core brings the latest science together with breathtaking computer generated imagery. The result is an unmissable journey into an extraordinary world - full of dangers, wonders and secrets. And it's all down there, beneath our feet, right now waiting to be discovered.
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Inside Ivory Coast's hidden gold rush takes a look at the gold mining industry in Ivory Coast. For a long time mining was seen as a dirty alternative to a more wholesome farming lifestyle. But some of the richest gold-mining potential in Africa is luring hundreds of thousands of Ivorians off the land and into the mines. Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: http://econ.trib.al/rWl91R7 Check out Economist Films: http://films.economist.com/ Check out The Economist’s full video catalogue: http://econ.st/20IehQk Like The Economist on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEconomist/ Follow The Economist on Twitter: https://twitter.com/theeconomist Read our Tumblr: http://theeconomist.tumblr.com/ Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theeconomist/ Check out our Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/theeconomist/ Follow us on LINE: http://econ.st/1WXkOo6
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The Kalahari manganese fields, among one of the world's biggest and richest, has a relative newcomer; the new Tshipi Borwa mine owned by Tshipi Manganese Mining. With a 60-year mine life, and a 2.4 million tonne per annum capacity, Tshipi will be among the four largest South African sources of manganese, an irreplaceable ingredient in the manufacture of steel. CCTV's Julie Scheier reports
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Community activists in mining areas face harassment, intimidation, and violence, the Centre for Environmental Rights, groundWork, Earthjustice, and Human Rights Watch said in a joint report and video released today. The attacks and harassment have created an atmosphere of fear for community members who mobilize to raise concerns about damage to their livelihoods from the serious environmental and health risks of mining and coal-fired power plants. The 74-page report "'We Know Our Lives Are in Danger': Environment of Fear in South Africa's Mining-affected Communities" and video cites activists' reports of intimidation, violence, damage to property, use of excessive force during peaceful protests, and arbitrary arrest for their activities in highlighting the negative impacts of mining projects on their communities. Municipalities often impose barriers to protest on organizers that have no legal basis. Government officials have failed to adequately investigate allegations of abuse, and some mining companies resort to frivolous lawsuits and social media campaigns to further curb opposition to their projects. The government should protect the activists. ***Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/allafricaglobalmedia?sub_confirmation=1 Read current news on AllAfrica: English: https://allafrica.com/ French: https://fr.allafrica.com/ Support AllAfrica (Donate): https://allafrica.com/commerce/contribute/ Advertise on AllAfrica: https://partners.allafrica.com/ Subscribe to AllAfrica News Archives (going back to 1996!!!) * Individuals: https://allafrica.com/commerce/user/subscribe/ * Libraries and Institutions: https://allafrica.com/misc/info/subscribe/institutional.html Follow AllAfrica: * Twitter (English): https://twitter.com/allafrica * Twitter (French): http://twitter.com/allafricafrench * Facebook (English): http://www.facebook.com/pages/allAfricacom/98946450029 * Facebook (French): https://www.facebook.com/pages/AllAfricacom-Fran%C3%A7ais/300579543341939 * LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/allafrica * Google+: https://plus.google.com/+allafrica ****** AllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa - aggregating, producing and distributing 800 news and information items daily from over 140 African news organizations and our own reporters to an African and global public. We operate from Cape Town, Dakar, Abuja, Monrovia, Nairobi and Washington DC.
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Statistics show that the South African economy is losing approximately R6 billion due to criminal syndicates involved in illegal mining. Scores of poor illegal migrants are sent down into abandoned mines to dig for gold and sell it to crime syndicates, mostly at a risk of loss of limp and life. Can the issuing of licenses for artisanal miners help to reduce the carnage? Catch Leihlo la Sechaba every Thursday at 18:00 only on SABC 2. Watch the full programme here on 18:30. Join us then! https://twitter.com/kebalaechoe https://www.facebook.com/LeihloLaSechaba/ [email protected] Leihlo la Sechaba, (Sotho for Eye of the Nation) is an investigative programme where journalists investigate topics of interest, developmental stories, corruption, crime and where possible, discover the truth. Watch this programme every Thursday at 18:00 only on SABC 2. Watch the full episode here at 18:30, directly after the normal TV broadcast on SABC 2. Join us then!"
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South Africa's mining industry and its labour issues has been thrust into the world spotlight ever since the Marikana Massacre in 2012. In 2014 the focus has been firmly on the issues of wages as well as work and safety conditions across the different mining sectors. TVC News Correspondent Marcelle Gordon picked the brain of a leading mining industry analyst about the role of government in the increasingly hostile relationship between mining companies and their workers.
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Illegal miners at Kleinsee in the Namaqualand want mining permits to mine the diamond-rich land. This can only be granted by government. Under cover, they mine for diamonds, risking arrest. Kleinsee was once a booming mining town owned by De Beers. The company abandoned it in 2012 saying it was too expensive to continue mining. For more news, visit: sabcnews.com
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Rescue operations at the Langlaagte mine were suspended when emergency services said they had searched the entire shaft for trapped illegal miners. Click here to subscribe to Eyewitness news: http://bit.ly/EWNSubscribe Like and follow us on: http://bit.ly/EWNFacebook AND https://twitter.com/ewnupdates Keep up to date with all your local and international news: https://ewn.co.za Produced by: Kgothatso Mogale
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The price of bitcoin has grown from about $1000 at the beginning of this year to currently over 15 000 US dollars. Just in October one Bitcoin cost around R60 000 in rands, now it hovers at around R240 000 and R250 000. Similar to markets the bitcoin responds to developments, and the recent surge is speculated to be due to the announcement by two global markets that have announced their intention to legitimatize it as an asset class for mainstream investors. With us in studio is Mpho Dagada, the author of "How I Became a Millionaire at 21, Bitcoin". For more news, visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news
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South Africa’s mining sector in 2017 contributed R335 billion to GDP, R81 billion in fixed investment and R19 billion in taxes. Despite its contribution it is a sector under siege from carbon tax, electricity hikes and recent labour disputes. It is also one of the most interesting industries with talk of Vedanta Resources on the prowl for Anglo American. Joining CNBC Africa to dig deeper into the sector’s performance and help us discover the gems is René Hochreiter, Mining Analyst at Noah Capital Markets.
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Africa's biggest gold miner, AngloGold Ashanti, is planning to retrench eight-thousand-500 mine workers as part of its restructuring of its South African business. The world's third largest gold miner has started talks with unions to cut its workforce by a third as some gold mines have reached the end of their economic lives. The mining industry has been bleeding jobs since 2012. According to Stats SA, almost 50,000 jobs were lost between 2012 to 2015, mostly in the gold and platinum sectors. For more news, visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news
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The South African city of Johannesburg was built on enormous gold reef. Today, many of the mines have closed, but criminal gangs continue to work the disused and abandoned tunnels. It is dangerous and often deadly, and as well as digging in the disused mines, heavily armed gangs also steal gold from the remaining working shafts. The decline of the gold mining sector, unemployment, illegal migration, and poverty have all contributed to the growth of this criminal activity. ★Subscribe to the News YouTube channel by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG81l00V3yiL5WRs3tcCzjQ?sub_confirmation=1 ★Please Like, share and comment my video! Thank you very much!
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The new mining Minister's in-tray --- is likely to be FULL. Key issues - juggling the threat of thousands of job losses & dealing with the R5 billion challenge of illegal mining. SABC reporter Chriselda Lewis & cameraman Sbu Mthembu spent some time underground with Zama Zama's and filed this report. For more News visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SABCNewsOnline?lang=en Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SABCNewsOnline
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At least 11 men have been rescued after a group of illegal miners in South Africa became trapped underground in an abandoned gold mine near Johannesburg. Those brought to the surface were checked by medics before being arrested for illegal mining. Others were refusing to come out for fear of being detained, it was reported. http://news.sky.com/story/1212420/south-africa-miners-rescued-from-disused-shaft SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more great videos: http://www.youtube.com/skynews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/skynews and https://twitter.com/skynewsbreak Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skynews For more great content go to http://news.sky.com and download our apps: iPad https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/Sky-News-for-iPad/id422583124 iPhone https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sky-news/id316391924?mt=8 Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bskyb.skynews.android&hl=en_GB
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Vanadium is a silvery-grey highly valuable metal. It is used to strengthen steel and so to make military hardware, nuclear applications, jet engines, and missile casings. South Africa is the world's third largest player in the world lucrative vanadium market after China and Russia. But the African families that own this land on which it is mined in Brits in the North West are poor and distraught. Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki and Vuyo Jacobs visited the families. For more news, visit: sabcnews.com
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http://video.news.sky.com/skynews/video/ When the banks are broken - a rush to gold is regarded as a safe bet for investors. Today prices jumped more than 4% on the latest shares meltdown. But as ever it comes at a cost.....and in this case a HUMAN cost. Sky's Emma Hurd reports from South Africa - the world's second biggest producer of the precious metal.
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Proof that diamonds are getting harder to find can be seen in the South African bush, where one of the world's largest mining companies is spending $2 billion USD tunnelling beneath a vast open-pit mine. De Beers has spent 25 years digging a 450-metre deep by one-kilometre wide hole to access diamond-rich rock from the surface at the Venetia mine, close to the border with Zimbabwe and Botswana. For more News visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news
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As the mining charter debate continues to shine the spotlight on mineworker conditions.The SABC took the opportunity to visit one of SASOL's coal mine.The Petrochemicals giants recently invited members of the media to see one of its newest coal mines in Sekunda in Mpumalanga. Francis Herd tagged along. For more News visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SABCNewsOnline?lang=en Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SABCNewsOnline
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As the sign says this water is not fit for drinking or swimming. Only a solitary gull braves the polluted waters. But the problem isn t confined to the waters of the lake. When it rains here in Tudor Shaft a Johannesburg township named after the nearby mine shaft the streets pool with orange water that smells of vinegar. It s seeping from abandoned mines. Locals say the water is contaminated with radioactive minerals used in the mining process and has wiped out all aquatic life in a nearby river. Increasingly South Africans are worried about the risks contaminated water from mining poses to the rest of Johannesburg built over one of the largest gold mining bases in the world. The environmental cost of South Africa s lucrative export is weighing on impoverished communities many sitting on abandoned mines on the outskirts of the city. And wealthy mining companies have shown little inclination to take responsibility. A man stirs lunch - cornmeal porridge - in an immaculate shack. The small front yard is lined with pebbles covering the soil. Outside in the yard children run barefoot their feet tinted orange. 35-year-old Patrick Mkoyo says his children sometimes come home with rashes or difficulty breathing. They are not OK here but I don t have a choice I have no other place to stay he says. I m worried about my children. He says his doctors say they don t know what is causing the medical problems. In December Professor Chris Busby from Ireland s University of Ulster tested the soil around Mkoyo s shack and found it contained at least 32 times the amount of government-set acceptable radioactivity levels. Busby prepared the report for Johannesburg-based Federation for Sustainable Environment a private group working to bring the toxic water issue to the attention of the government and its citizens. The dangerous mining residue reaches people in two steps To reach the precious minerals at the bottom of a mining basin - a bowl containing water and minerals - miners pump out the water. Gold is then extracted and the remaining rock which contains traces of uranium is dumped onto waste piles. Over time the uranium reacts with oxygen from the atmosphere and this radioactive substance builds according to mineral geochemistry professors at Johannesburg s University of Witwatersrand. Once mining is finished rainwater accumulates in abandoned mine dumps eventually causing mining basins - huge bowls in the earth containing water and minerals - to overflow flushing the uranium and other substances into the ground and river systems. One mining basin in western Johannesburg has already flooded and one of the next basins to flood experts say will be under Johannesburg s city centre. Toxic mine water is entering rivers and communities at an increasing rate particularly with heavy rain in recent months and its consequences are devastating says Mariette Liefferink chief executive of the Federation for Sustainable Environment. These commu
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Richtersveld communities in the Northern Cape, are at loggerheads with Plateau Mining Company, demanding the right to mine their land. Illegal miners who try to mine the diamond-rich land, that was given back to the community 11-years ago are prevented. The area is plagued with high unemployment. Those earning a living on the land constantly clash with police. Our reporter Keith Sayster has more. For more news, visit: sabcnews.com
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It is an essential part of most mobile gadgets sold around the world and demand for cobalt is soaring. But the process of extracting the mineral from the earth comes at a huge human cost. A Sky News investigation has found children as young as four working in dangerous and squalid conditions in Cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for as little as 8p a day. Sky's special correspondent Alex Crawford reports. SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos: http://www.youtube.com/skynews Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/skynews and https://twitter.com/skynewsbreak Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skynews For more content go to http://news.sky.com and download our apps: iPad https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/Sky-News-for-iPad/id422583124 iPhone https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/sky-news/id316391924?mt=8 Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bskyb.skynews.android&hl=en_GB
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Northern Cape's illegal miners at Kleinzee near Springbok have ignored instructions to stop diamond mining. Ward councillors that have been appointed by community to facilitate the mining process - issued the instruction. The deadline was last Saturday. For more news, visit: sabcnews.com
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Despite the deaths of 10 men last May, illegal miners continue to dig for diamonds in the mountains near Kleinzee, in South Africa's Northern Cape. The diggers say the land is rightfully theirs, a claim multinational mining firm De Beers disputes. Duration: 02:21
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Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has opened the 2019 African Mining Indaba. The Indaba is the world's largest gathering of mining's most influential stakeholders and decision-makers vested in African mining. The Indaba is hosting more than six thousand delegates. Lets get an update from our reporter Manelisi Dubase in Cape Town. For more news, visit: sabcnews.com
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Friday marks a year since 34 miners were shot dead by police in the South African town of Marikana in a dispute over wages. Mine unions say there has been little improvement since then. South Africa's economy has long been driven by mining but production has dropped over the decades.
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“Visions of Gold” is a short color film on “Gold! The thread from which we weave our dreams! The key to stability!” Produced by South African film maker Emil Nofal in the mid-1960s, the film opens with rows of gold bars as the narrator Joe Stewardson explains how (in1 885) itinerant prospectors George Walker, along with George Harrison, stumbled on surface outcrops of gold-rich conglomerate on an old farm near the Witwatersrand basin —land that is now near the center of Johannesburg. (Both men quickly sold their claims for the equivalent of a few hundred dollars. Today, the gold fields in the region are worth billions.) From across the world, prospectors descended on South Africa in search of gold, as we see throngs of prospectors and opportunists starting at mark 02:45. Spurred on by visions of wealth, the fortune hunters eventually thought they had taken all the gold that was there, we are told. But at mark 06:10, Stewardson explains that more inventive prospectors at the turn of the 20th century found ways to dig deeper into the Earth in search of gold. The worldwide economic depression of the 1930s, we learn at mark 07:00, unraveled the fabric of prosperity. “The spinners of dreams all over the world now wore the dark cloth of despair.” Only the fantasy of gold remained, with South African workers eventually mining more than two miles into the ground in search of gold, as the camera plummets down a mine shaft. By mark 09:20, we see men maneuvering through tunnels and drilling into the Earth in search of deposits, and later watch as men turn the fruits of those labors into glistening gold bars. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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South Africa's Mineral Resources Department has recorded 10% fewer occupational fatalities. Recent data shows that there were 81 mining deaths in 2018 -- down from 90 in 2017. Subscribe to us on YouTube: http://ow.ly/Zvqj30aIsgY Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cgtnafrica/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgtnafrica
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The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world, but it is also rich in natural resources. One of the official mining sectors has collapsed amid the country’s ongoing conflict, and now both sides are benefitting from the illicit trade of gold and diamonds. Clashes over control of the many mines have also created religious tension in places where there previously had been none. VICE News traveled to mines located in the heart of the Central African Republic to see how the battle over natural resources is playing out in one of the world’s most violent conflicts. Watch "The Human Cost of War in the Central African Republic" - http://bit.ly/15xC4L2 Watch "War in the Central African Republic" - http://bit.ly/1Ao5Qdx Read "UN Peacekeeper Released Hours After Being Kidnapped in the Central African Republic" - http://bit.ly/1Enj8O7 Read "Violence Escalates in Central African Republic as Thousands of Muslims Remain Trapped in the Country" - http://bit.ly/1yrNFpl Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos
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