The Chamber of Mines has launched an online platform for schools, which aims to provide accurate, interesting and useful information about the history and contribution of South Africa’s mining sector, to the country.
The Chamber explained the first module on the website would focus on gold as the special metal is the current focus in the national school’s curriculum.
“The website has come about as a result of frequent requests for information by teachers and learners alike,” said the Chamber in a statement. “The site will be grown and augmented over time.”
The Chamber added that further modules would focus on coal, platinum, diamonds, base metals and aggregates.
The South African mining industry has in the past acknowledged the negative role it has played in the country’s socio-economic history, despite playing a pivotal role in the country’s economic development, said the Chamber.
According to the Chamber, the country is still renowned for its abundance of metals and minerals, accounting for a significant proposition of world production and reserves over many decades, and such a platform will allow educators and learners access to free material about the industry and its history.
Mining in 2016
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 dependants); paid employees R120 billion in earnings; and spent R211.8 billion on goods and services.