Illegal mining issue too big for companies to handle on their own
Greater collaboration is needed to address the multimillion-rand criminal operations
Pan African Resources, a gold miner in Mpumalanga, has doubled spending on security to R106m to prevent illegal mining primarily at its Barberton property.
Barberton, which has been mined since 1886, is a Swiss cheese of shafts and underground workings in the hills bordering Swaziland. A decade ago there was a huge rise in illegal mining around the town where Pan African is essentially the only mining game in town.