20 arrested during illegal mining crackdown

2019-08-13 22:50

Twenty people were arrested in Roodepoort during a police raid on illegal mining.

Cop couple bust for alleged home gold processing operation

2019-07-05 22:13

A married couple who turned out to be police officers were arrested for having gold bearing material and processing equipment.

DRC army to remove 2 000 illegal miners from Glencore site

2019-07-03 17:54

The country's president ordered military intervention after miners defied a government deadline and clashed with police.

3 children drown in abandoned illegal mine in Limpopo

2019-04-23 05:34

The three boys, aged between 7 and 9, have drowned in an abandoned illegal mine.

'Industrial scale' illegal gold looting costing South Africa R14bn a year - report

2018-12-30 12:03

South African gold is being looted on an 'industrial scale', with research estimating that the country loses around R14.4bn through illegal gold mining every year.

Two arrested, one dead as heavily armed zama-zamas loot Lily Mine

2018-07-15 06:09

Illegal miners, commonly known as zama-zamas, have been looting gold from Mpumalanga’s mothballed Lily Mine, but police are on their tracks.

KZN village 'gold' rush: 'I didn't go to school today, because I wanted to make quick cash'

2018-05-31 06:02

Residents of KwaMachi, a tiny village in Harding in the far south of KwaZulu-Natal, believe that the 'gold' that has been discovered in their village will change their lives for the better.

12 arrested for allegedly operating illegal gold processing labs in Limpopo

2018-05-09 15:40

Police have seized 10 illegal gold processing laboratories and gold mining equipment which included gas cylinders, generators and gold beating materials.

‘Zama Zama’s make our lives a living hell’

2017-08-17 09:37

Matholeville residents are concerned that illegal mining in their area will collapse their houses

Disused Secunda gold mines become zama zama hot spot

2017-08-13 06:03

Illegal mining continues apace and stakeholders should consider solutions to prevent the negative impacts of this desperate activity.


Broken promises: Houses are cracking over old coal mine where diggers risk their lives for cash

2019-07-22 14:26

Residents of Blaauwbosch village in Newcastle, who live near an old coal mine where informal mining takes place, say they are fed up with empty promises by the government and local politicians.

City of Joburg closes a road in Roodepoort due to illegal mining

2019-07-03 19:49

The City of Johannesburg has been forced to close Iridium Street between Randfontein Road and Penny Road in Roodepoort due to illegal mining activities.

Glencore: 19 people killed in Congo mine collapse

2019-06-27 20:18

Glencore has said at least 19 illegal miners were killed when part of a mine collapsed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Gloria mine death toll rises to 6, as poisonous gas halts rescue efforts

2019-02-08 10:24

The death toll at the Gloria coal mine near Middelburg in Mpumalanga has risen to six and rescue efforts have for now been halted owing to a plethora of dangers.

City of Gold: Where villagers search for all that glitters

2018-07-16 07:38

It's been just over two months since villagers in Kwamachi discovered "gold". News24's Mxolisi Mngadi revisits the site where people still wait for the chance to change their fortunes.

Man arrested after night of unrest at KwaMachi 'gold' site

2018-05-31 14:14

A man has been arrested at the KwaMachi "gold" site in Harding, KwaZulu-Natal after a night of unrest where police had to use teargas to disperse a crowd of "gold" diggers.

'Gold' rush hits tiny KZN village

2018-05-30 06:00

'Gold diggers' from the rural village of KwaMachi in Harding, in the far south of KwaZulu-Natal, are spending nights and days at a local site where 'gold' has been discovered.

Chrome Rush Disaster

2018-02-04 06:00

Some homes are now precariously near the edges of deep pits. Villagers wonder who is digging up their homes and heritage in search of chrome.

'I know he's dead' - Mom's impassioned plea for Richard Thole's bones

Nombeko Thole, the mother of Richard Thole, says all she wants is for her son’s bones to be returned to her.

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The Joburg township where outlaws make the rules

2017-01-25 08:33

It’s dangerous, often fatal, but illegal underground gold mining is pretty much all that sustains the economy of Lindelane, a sprawl of tin shacks and shebeens near Benoni.

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