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SA's mining production rises by 4%

Platinum group metals have been identified as the main driving force behind the growth.

FILE: Anglo American Platinum’s Khuseleka mine shaft in Marikana, North West. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said mining production increased by four percent overall since June last year and the sale of minerals is up by 5,7 percent over the same period.

Platinum group metals have been identified as the main driving force behind the growth in production with an increase of 84 percent.

However, that was the only sector in the industry that managed to increase production.

Statistician general Pali Lehohla said while platinum mining companies managed to recover from last year, coal and gold companies under-performed.

"In terms of what happened to coal in December 2013, the climate was on strike and it rained. And when it rains, you can actually not measure maintenance programmes. Gold production declined year-on-year bu 2,3 percent."

Lehohla said iron ore production and sales were also severely affected by commodity prices.

"Iron ore production year-on-year declined. We see how this has happened. October we had the strike and then a drop in the iron ore price."

Stats SA says coal is the most mined mineral in South Africa, making up 26% of the industry, with gold coming in at second place and platinum in third place.

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