Zama zamas add to mining industry woes
Illegal mining continues to plague SA’s industry and recently came into focus at Blyvooruitzicht, where an independent company is attempting to revive operations
Six years after Blyvooruitzicht gold mine closed its doors, illegal miners, also called zama zamas, have left an indelible mark. Every last bit of value has been stripped from the public infrastructure here. Buildings lie in ruins and wire gold pans are strewn among the rubble. The zama zamas themselves can be seen out in the open, usually walking with purpose and with ski masks over their faces.