With steadily falling productivity on South Africa’s mines and a commodity price slump putting thousands of jobs on the line, mining companies have no option but to grasp the nettle of mechanisation to put this vital sector on a sustainable footing. By Dr Declan Vogt

Dr Declan Vogt director CMMS at the Wits School of Mining Engineering

Dr Declan Vogt director CMMS at the Wits School of Mining Engineering

It is clear that the most recent commodity boom was good for mining profits, but masked a distressing erosion in productivity, which now threatens the survival of many mines; in the gold sector, for instance, labour productivity has declined 35% since 2007, according research published by EY this year.

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