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Africa’s Crackdown on Informal Gold Miners Spreads to Mali

  • Formalizing artisanal mining may boost output: Mali minister
  • The country’s gold sector is also being hit by smuggling
Gold ore extracted from artisanal mining in Sadiola, north-western Mali.

Gold ore extracted from artisanal mining in Sadiola, north-western Mali.

Photographer: AfrikImages Agency/Universal Images/Getty Images

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Mali is getting closer to bringing in new rules to better control artisanal gold mining and overtake South Africa as the continent’s second-biggest producer.