You say there are about 14,000 illegal gold miners working in about 6,000 abandoned mines in South Africa. That equates to about two men per mine. I assume you are referring to abandoned shafts and even so, I am unsure that South Africa ever had that many mines/shafts ever.
What Mining Conditions in South Africa are like The African continent is known across the world for its natural beauty and even more so for its mineral wealth. South Africa in particular has a massive mining industry – it is a major source of diamonds, gold, platinum and coal, and is home to most of the deepest mines in the world.
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 22 (Reuters) - At least 15 mining firms in South Africa have received notices of strikes to be held next week in support of colleagues at Sibanye-Stillwater who on strike over wages and job cuts, Minerals Council South Africa said on Friday.
Kimberley, South Africa, is home to the world's largest diamond mine, also known as the "Big Hole." Dug by humans and so large it is visible from space, the pit has yielded some of the world's largest diamonds and made the De Beers name famous worldwide.
Gold mining in South Africa accounts for around 10% of global gold production. The Witwatersrand reef is now mined at over 4 km below the surface, with TauTona Mine (Western Deep No. 3 Shaft) and Mponeng Gold Mine near Carletonville the deepest mines in the world.
Today, companies like Anglo American, Harmony Gold and BHP Billiton, etc. are established as industry leaders of gold mining in South Africa. Africa Mining IQ has a dedicated team of researchers constantly researching current mining projects in Africa.