Redundant mine shafts are becoming a growing risk for large mining houses due to a sharp spike in illegal mining activities.
The fact that the Witwatersrand Basin has been cited as contributing over 50% of all gold ever produced on earth is an indication not only of the extent of the country’s mining network, but how endemic the problem of illegal mining is to South Africa.
“The fact is that illegal mining is born from desperation. People are willing to risk their lives by going underground to try and recover pockets of unmined material, as well as copper cable and steel shaft infrastructure.
“They can be armed, which poses a huge risk. It is not uncommon to witness extreme violence or intimidation in these areas,” says Jet Demolition Contracts Manager André Botes.
Source: Mining Review Africa