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StatsSA releases mining industry 2019 report

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StatsSA has released the results of the mining industry for 2019, revealing job losses between 2012 and 2019 and an increase of 23 percent in the total income received.

Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) released the results of the mining industry 2019 report on Tuesday, 14 September 2021. According to StatsSA, numerous jobs were lost between 2012 and 2019, with the biggest losses being recorded in gold mining with 42 000 and platinum gold metals at 8 000.

The total number of persons employed in 2019 was 515 000, and this is said to have represented a slight increase of 1 percent when compared with 2015. The number of direct mine employees is reported to have decreased by 6.6 percent from 366 000 in 2015 to 343 000 in 2019.

Subcontractor employees increased by 20 percent to 120 000, with the total income of the industry reported to have increased by 23 percent to R552.1 billion. Seventy-nine percent of the total income was derived from coal mining, PGM’s iron ore and gold.

Which provinces reported the highest numbers of mining sector employment?

Limpopo is reported to have had the highest increase in employment between 2015 and 2019 at 25 000, followed by Northern Cape with 6 000, and the Free State with 3 000. The most persons employed were reported in the North West.

What were the main contributors to increased total mining income?

Mining of coal contributed 28 percent or R156.1 billion, followed by platinum gold metals contributing 28 percent or R153.7 billion, and iron ore contributed 12 percent or R65.3 billion. Gold and uranium contributed 11 percent at R63.4 billion to the total mining income obtained.

Which provinces contributed the most in mining sector income?

Eighty-five percent of the sales income is reported to have been generated in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West and the Northern Cape. Mpumalanga contributed 26 percent or R137.3 billion, Limpopo contributed 20 percent or R106.2 billion, North West also contributed 20 percent or R106.1 billion, and Northern Cape contributed 19 percent.


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