gautengEWN reports that the Gauteng Community Safety Department says one of the problems that contribute to illegal mining is the failure by the Mineral Resources Department (DMR) to properly implement mining legislation.  

Illegal mining has been identified as a national threat, with government battling to stop it.  Provincial Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane hosted a roundtable discussion with mine management, mine owners, researchers and police in Kempton Park on Tuesday to address the dangers of illegal mining in Gauteng.  There are about 6,000 abandoned mines across SA, with some 600 of these in Gauteng.  Community Safety Department senior researcher Arnold Phala said the national government needed to do more.  “The Department of Mineral Resources, as a custodian of mineral resources in the country, we believe is not adequate or sufficient.  It is there, but it’s not adequate in terms of making sure that mining companies adhere to legislation.”  The DMR’s Mpho Ditlhakanyane has admitted that there are problems with implementation.

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