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
Strikes spread throughout South Africa and to other mining sectors including gold, coal and iron ore. South Africa accounts for 10 per cent of the world’s gold output and disruption could impact the gold market. But strikes and disruption have also affected road freight services and ports and the supply of gas, oil and groceries has been threatened
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