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Battered miners look to resuscitate small-scale diamond mining in SA

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Small scale diamond mining in South Africa is not for the faint hearted. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

Battered miners look to resuscitate small-scale diamond mining in SA

Small scale diamond miners in the Northern Cape province of South Africa, are hoping that less red tape (as promised by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address) and green energy, will breathe new life into a faltering industry, writes Leon Louw, owner and editor of WhyAfrica.   

To be a small-scale diamond miner in South Africa is not for the faint hearted.  Following the promulgation of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) in 2004, the number of junior alluvial diamond mining operations in South Africa have decreased drastically.

During our recent trip to the Northern Cape, WhyAfrica spoke to several of the remaining stalwarts in this tough sector, and upon invitation visited one of these small-scale operations.

There are many challenges, and we found a sector that is battered, but resilient in their attempts to resuscitate small scale diamond mining and to create jobs for unskilled workers and local communities. Moreover, the diamond miners are enthusiastic about green energy, and many are currently researching the viability of solar and hybrid solutions for their small-scale operations.

To read more about our trip, the challenges faced by these hardened diamond miners, and opportunities for suppliers and service providers, follow WhyAfrica on our social media pages, and subscribe to our free bi-weekly newsletters and quarterly magazines. More in-depth research reports about the Northern Cape’s mining industry and its potential will be available on WhyAfrica library store later this year.

Battered miners look to resuscitate small-scale diamond mining in SA

Leon Louw is the founder and editor of WhyAfrica. He specialises in natural resources and African affairs.        

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