Mining: a brief history | Statistics South Africa
Mining’s contribution to total economic production climbed in the 1970s to peak at 21% in 1980 1. Contributing to the upward surge in 1980 was a relatively high gold price. In other words, for every R100 that the South African economy produced that year, R21 was due to mining. In 1987, employment in the industry peaked at just over 760 000,South Africa - Economy | Britannica,South Africa - South Africa - Economy: The economy of South Africa was revolutionized in the late 19th century when diamonds and gold were discovered there. Extensive investment from foreign capital followed. In the years since World War II, the country has established a well-developed manufacturing base, and it has experienced highly variable growth rates, including some years when its growth,Gold Development | Gold and the Economy | World Gold Council,Gold and the economy. Gold mining is a major economic driver for many countries across the world. Well-managed, transparent and accountable resource extraction can be a major contributor to economic growth due to the creation of employment and business opportunities for local people.The social and economic impacts of gold mining,The social and economic impacts of gold mining 70 % of total expenditures by gold mining companies are on payments to suppliers, contractors and employees.Brief history of gold mining in South Africa - Mining for,,Chamber of Mines (now Minerals Council South Africa) founded 1890 South Africa began to slow down in the 1880s, as the new deposits being found tended to be pyritic ore and gold could not be extracted from this compound with any of the then available technologies.Ivo Vegter: Here's why mining still matters if SA is to,,Mining still matters. South Africa needs the mining industry not just to survive, but to thrive. Ivo Vegter is an independent researcher and writer, and author of Why Mining Still Matters, an occasional report for the Institute of Race Relations.West Africa — an emerging gold exploration,- MINING.COM,This focus on gold in the exploration stage indicates that the importance of gold in West Africa’s mining sector will only increase in the future, as new projects will enter the production phase.South Africa - Diamonds, gold, and imperialist,,South Africa - South Africa - Diamonds, gold, and imperialist intervention (1870–1902): South Africa experienced a transformation between 1870, when the diamond rush to Kimberley began, and 1902, when the South African War ended. Midway between these dates, in 1886, the world’s largest goldfields were discovered on the Witwatersrand.Platinum - Minerals Council South Africa,Platinum mining in South Africa. In South Africa, the discovery of the first platinum nuggets dates back to 1924. The geologist Hans Merensky’s follow-up work resulted in the discovery of two deposits, each around 100km in length, which became known as the Bushveld Igneous Complex.