The platinum strike of 2014 has been historic on a number of levels and its effects on the South African mining industry will continue to be felt for years.
In South Africa’s mining sector, already racked by long-running confrontations between mining companies and their employees, several legal actions related to industrial disease continue to gather pace.
Illegal mining activities will only be curtailed if authorities support legitimate small-scale operators.
New methods are combating security and medical emergencies at remote mining locations.
For generations South African mines have relied on migrant workers despite the social problems it has created. Can the system be changed?