Seminar to explore responses to illegal mining in South Africa

It’s estimated that gold output from ‘Zama Zamas’ – illegal miners in South Africa – may exceed R14 billion, or 1 billion US dollars, a year. This makes South Africa one of the biggest sources of black-market gold in Africa. The ENACT project at the Institute for Security Studies has provided new evidence about the trends and factors that drive illegal mining in the country. 

Illegal gold mining undermines the economy and presents social and security challenges. A seminar at ISS Pretoria will convene in June to discuss the ‘dark world’ of the Zama Zamas, and current police and broader policy responses to illegal mining.

Seminar Details

Chair: Eric Pelser, Programme Head, ENACT project, ISS 

Welcome: Representative of the European Union Delegation to South Africa 


  • Alan Martin, Technical Adviser, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime 
  • Ciaran Ryan, Mining Expert 
  • Ken Opala, Founding editor, African Investigative News Service 
  • Richard Chelin, Researcher, ENACT project, ISS 
  • Representative of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, SAPS (TBC)

Date: 19 June 2019 

Time: 10:00 to 13:00 

Venue: Conference room, ISS Pretoria 

This event will also be webcast live via YouTube

Visit the ENACT project website for more information or to register for the event.

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