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Africa's mining layoffs herald social crisis

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Members of the South African National Union of Mineworkers from the gold mining sector demonstrating in front of the South Africa Chamber of Mines on Sept 5, in Johannesburg.

Johannesburg

AS mining companies in resource-rich Africa bleed jobs due to plunging commodity prices, the ripple effect of redundancies has raised concern about social unrest amid declining economic growth.

Top mineral-producing countries like South Africa, Zambia and the