The global mining industry is expected to continue shedding jobs as more and more mines become deeper and resources harder to find.

A leading mining expert says people will be replaced by machines in the next few years – especially in the gold and platinum mining sectors.

The industry has lost almost 50 000 jobs in South Africa since 2012.

Energy and Resources leader at Deloitte Andre Lane, speaking on the side-lines of the Mining Indaba in Cape Town said, ‚ÄúThis is an industry where the employment profile is changing globally because what is happening is that mines are getting deeper and harder to mine. So there is an inevitable move towards technology, automation and digitisation, but that’s going to change the nature of the employment profile – but what it does do is that it keeps mines open for a lot longer and brings these resources that are currently unimaginable.”

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