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Challenges Experienced by Former Mineworkers in Accessing

South Africa has always attracted and continues to attract a vast majority of migrants from these countries and throughout the SADC region. Historically, the largest number of labour migrants has been concentrated in the mining industry. In the 1950s, the number of black labourers in the mines averaged 327 000 per annum. Although the foreign component of the total labour force reduced in the 1960s and 1970s (from 37 per cent in 1966 to 16 per cent by 1979, with only about 16 000 men employed in 1977), their numbers rose to 183000 (42 per cent) in 1984 and 147 000 (49 per cent) in 1994.
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