Trade shows can measure the business pulse of a country, and Electra Mining Africa held every two years in Johannesburg is no different
By Gavin du Venage, South African Editor

Held in the sprawling Nasrec complex just south of the city, Electra Mining 2018 hosted 900 exhibitors across five halls. In between the stands with eager sales people, the undercurrent could be felt. Can the beleaguered South African mining industry dig itself out of the hole in which it finds itself?

At the height of production in the 1970s, South African mines were refining more than 1,000 tons of gold per year, more than two thirds of global production at the time. One mine alone, Durban Deep founded in 1896, produced more than US$20 billion worth of gold over its lifetime before it closed in 2001.
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