Miners Work Through Civil Wars for Africa Gold Boom

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  • Output growing faster than anywhere on new mines, lower costs
  • Navigating unrest by talking to coup leaders, paying tax bill

A worker operates the mine shaft elevator at a gold mine west of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

When rebel soldiers overthrew the Mali government in 2012, coup leader Amadou Konare closed the border to everyone except the employees of Randgold Resources Ltd.

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