Mining industry made R408bn in 2012

2014-09-29 15:04

The total income for the mining industry in 2012 was R408 billion.

“Platinum gives us the highest income in the sector,” statistician-general Pali Lehohla said in Pretoria today.

Lehohla was briefing the media on various figures released by Statistics South Africa, including the quarterly financial statistics for June 2014.

Platinum contributed 29% with R117 billion, followed by coal and lignite at 23%, or R96 billion. Iron ore contributed 17% or R68 billion, and gold and uranium ore 16% at R67 billion.

“The value of mineral sales for the industry was R377 billion,” he said.

The mining industry employed 535 000 people, the bulk of them in the platinum sector.

“The largest number of persons were employed in mines located in the North West.”

Women made up 12% of employees. The industry with the most female employees was the chemical and fertiliser minerals, at 40%.

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