Chamber of Mines launches Mining for Schools initiative

The Chamber of Mines launched the Mining for Schools initiative, an online platform to provide resources for teachers and learners to reinforce, enhance and extend learning about the South African mining industry.

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The first module of this website focusses on gold, as that is the current focus in the national school’s curriculum. The website came about due to frequent requests for information by teachers and pupils alike. It will be grown and augmented over time. Additional modules will focus on coal, platinum, diamonds, base metals and aggregates.

As the website indicates, South Africa is renowned for its abundance of metals and minerals, accounting for a significant proposition of world production and reserves over many decades. While the industry acknowledges the negative role, it played in the country’s socio-economic history, mining has played a pivotal role in the country’s economic development and continues to do so to this day.

In 2016, the mining industry contributed R304.4-billion to GDP; paid R3.7-billion in royalties; employed around 460 000 people (who supported around 4.5 million dependents); paid employees R120-billion in earning s— spending R211.8-billion on goods and services.

Click here to go to the website.


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