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minerMining Weekly reports that a report compiled by Statistics SA (Stats SA) shows that about 23,000 jobs were lost in the mining sector between 2012 and 2019.

The biggest losses in jobs were recorded in the mining of gold at 42,000 and platinum group metals (PGMs) at 8,000, Stats SA indicated in a release on Tuesday. However, there were gains in coal of 17,000 and ‘other mining and service activities' of 5,000. The total number of person employed in the mining sector in 2019 was 515,000. This represented a slight increase of 1%, or 3,700, in employment compared with 511,000 in 2015. Most of the persons were employed in the North West, followed by Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, the Northern Cape and the Free State. Limpopo had the highest gain in employment between 2015 and 2019 at 25,000, followed by 6,000 in the Northern Cape and 3,000 in the Free State. The provinces worst affected by job losses were Mpumalanga with 21,000, and North West with 13,000. The number of direct mine employees decreased by 6.6%, or 23,000, from 366,000 in 2015 to 343,000 in 2019. During the same period, there was an increase of 20%, or 20,000, in the number of subcontractor employees from 100,000 to 120,000.

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