South Africa’s 112 000 gold mineworkers earn R30bn yearly

Despite South Africa no longer being a significant producer of gold on a global scale, gold mining remained a key part of the South Africa economy by providing jobs for more than 112 000 people who earn R30-billion a year, Chamber of Mines of South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Monday. Speaking on the first day of the Mining Indaba at a function to mark the 30th anniversary of the World Gold Council, Baxter said that for every mineworker, another two workers exist in other industries and there is a ten-to-one social multiplier of people who are dependent on each mineworker for their daily subsistence.