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Cape Town – South Africa annually loses R5bn in illegal mining, Parliament heard on Wednesday. 

The Department of Mineral Resources briefed the Portfolio Committee on Mining on the prevalence of illegal mining in the country, saying the unlawful extraction of particularly gold, chrome and sand undermines South Africa’s economic prosperity. 

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane, who attended the first part of the meeting, said Gauteng and the Free State are the worst affected provinces with regard to illegal mining. “The sites where these mining activities are taking place are surrounded by industrial and residential infrastructure.” 

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