[LISTEN] Emotional caller reacts to deaths of illegal child miners

Meschack Mbangula, from the mining community action group, says they have been unsuccessful in trying to engage the Department of Mineral Resources and the government to decriminalise illegal mining.

This would ensure the safety of zama zamas he says.

Recently, an estimated 40 illegal miners were reported dead after an underground explosion, at a mine in the Welkom, Free State.

Mbangula says illegal miners contribute a great deal to the economy because a lot of the minerals end up back in the formal market which they then sell for a lot less than the big mines.

Zama zamas are members of the community they are breadwinners.

Meschack Mbangula, national coordinator for the Mining Affected Communities United in Action group

Mbangula explains that should illegal mining be formalised it would create a lot of jobs in mining communities because there are around 6000 abandoned mines where zama zama's can be found.

Mbangula also says that mining licenses are expensive to acquire, making it even harder for the illegal miners to pursue formal mining.

The concerns being raised are very valid in terms of the unwillingness of big businesses to come to the party.

Thabo, caller

Also read: 'Formal sector has an interest in keeping this mining activity illegal'

Many illegal miners are young children.

They are ordinary young children and it is only out of desperation that they do what they do. I see their mothers and family members coming dressed in white and blue shawls, coming to their spirits, to pray for them.

Anne, caller

Take a listen to the rest of the interview here:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Pressure on Ghanaian government to clamp down on Illegal miners

Pressure on Ghanaian government to clamp down on Illegal miners

More than half of Ghana's water bodies have been polluted by illegal gold miners reports journalist Nana Boakye-Yiadom.

'Formal sector has an interest in keeping this mining activity illegal'

'Formal sector has an interest in keeping this mining activity illegal'

At least 6000 people involved in illegal mining are currently believed to be operating in Gauteng.

Calling people illegal miners is unconstitutional - Oxfam SA

Calling people illegal miners is unconstitutional - Oxfam SA

Oxfam South Africa says government must decriminalise informal mining.

Benoni illegal miners killed by syndicates - researcher

Benoni illegal miners killed by syndicates - researcher

More bodies believed to be those of illegal miners have been found in Benoni, bringing the deaths to 14.

President Jacob Zuma's entire State of the Nation Address

President Jacob Zuma's entire State of the Nation Address

Here is the entire State of the Nation Address by Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa.

Illegal mine rescues are high risk - Chamber of Mines

Illegal mine rescues are high risk - Chamber of Mines

Chamber of Mines has shared information about their medical rescue operations and the dangers of illegal mining.

Illegal mining a significant challenge in South Africa: Chamber of Mines

Illegal mining a significant challenge in South Africa: Chamber of Mines

The Chamber of Mines has expressed concern about the "very serious" challenge of illegal mining in South Africa.

Families want to run Langlaagte mine rescue op

Families want to run Langlaagte mine rescue op

Another three illegal miners have been arrested this morning, bringing to seven the total number of arrests so far.

Illegal miners near M2 highway could damage road infrastructure

Illegal miners near M2 highway could damage road infrastructure

A group of illegal miners are digging for gold just metres away from the M2 highway, but the gold rush threatens infrastructure.

Expert addresses possible solutions to end illegal mining

Expert addresses possible solutions to end illegal mining

David van Wyk, lead researcher at Benchmark Foundation, says mines should be properly closed.

High-calibre gun showdown between illegal miners and police

High-calibre gun showdown between illegal miners and police

The Midday Report - Where You Won't Miss a Thing

How does load shedding scheduling work?

How does load shedding scheduling work?

And will the power cuts affect water reservoirs, again? What is the latest in the Senzo Meyiwa killing and we look at the impact of illegal mining.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

[LISTEN] Van Breda's call to emergency services: 'My family and I were attacked'

The chilling call Henri van Breda made to emergency services on the night his mother, father and big brother were hacked to death.

[LISTEN] Father shares how he shot the man who raped his daughter

[LISTEN] Father shares how he shot the man who raped his daughter

Johannesburg father, Chris says he had just come back from work when he walked in on an employee raping his 17 year old daughter.

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

Marli van Breda's ex took the stand in the trial of triple murder accused Henri van Breda.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

Competition Commission investigates five companies to stamp out price-fixing

Competition Commission investigates five companies to stamp out price-fixing

Commission says investigation into food and agro processing companies is important because of high levels of inequality in SA.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?