‘It’s all we have’: the plight of S.Africa’s informal miners

Ermelo, South Africa (AFP) April 30, 2021
Darkness enveloped a disused mine in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province as a pick-up truck left the site’s entrance and drove off into the night, loaded with coal. Informal miner Bonginkosi Mhlanga threw a pickaxe over his shoulder and descended back below ground, where he would remain until daybreak. Locally known as “zama zamas” – “those who try and try” in the Zulu language – Mhlan
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