Striking miners, whipped up by former ANC youth leader Julius Malema, are spreading disruption throughout South Africa’s all-important mining sector. Mining is crucial to the country’s economy accounting for 42 per cent of exports and 18 per cent of South Africa’s GDP. Finding a solution is vital for business and for President Jacob Zuma.

MINING is the backbone of South Africa’s economy employing a million people, forming 42 per cent of its exports and accounting for 18 per cent of gross domestic product.

The country’s mineral wealth is worth US$2.5 trillion and holds the most valuable reserves in the world. It also has more manganese and platinum tha...

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Professor Jaime Nogueira Pinto
The riots at the Lonmin-owned platinum mines at Marikana in Rustenburg in August 2012 - where 34 miners were killed and almost 80 seriously wounded - alerted the world to a potential watershed in South Africa’s mining industry
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