The mining sector in South Africa could generate around 14,000 jobs in the next 10 years, Business Day daily reported, quoting the country’s Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu. The sector has already generated 11,754 new jobs by the end of 2012, but the global economic situation had a negative impact on this.
The number of operating mines and quarries increased by 59.01% from 2004 to 1,579 in 2012.
Mining directly accounts for 6% of South Africa's GDP and for 18% indirectly. South Africa is the world's biggest supplier of platinum and a major gold producer. Mining accounts for about 60% of the country’s export revenues.
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