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Authorities conduct a raid on illegal miners in Krugersdorp.
Authorities conduct a raid on illegal miners in Krugersdorp.
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says the country needs a dedicated team to clamp down on illegal mining in South Africa, adding that it will take several years for the government to seal open mine shafts.

Mantashe and Police Minister Bheki Cele were briefing the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Thursday. They detailed several interventions made by the government to curb illegal mining activities.

Illegal mining hit the headlines recently after the robbery and rapes of a film crew in Krugersdorp. It lead to large-scale crackdowns by police on so-called zama zamas.

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