“Platinum gives us the highest income in the sector,” statistician general Pali Lehohla said in Pretoria.
Platinum contributed 29 percent with R117bn, followed by coal and lignite at 23 percent, or R96bn. Iron ore contributed 17 percent or R68bn, and gold and uranium ore 16 percent at R67bn.
“The value of mineral sales for the industry was R377bn,” he said.
The mining industry employed 535,000 people, the bulk of them in the platinum sector.
“The largest number of persons were employed in mines located in the North West.”
Women made up 12 percent of employees. The industry with the most women employees was the chemical and fertiliser minerals, at 40 percent.