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Desperation and death beneath South Africa’s City of Gold

gata.org / By Ed Cropley, Reuters / September 13, 2016

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — When he lost his job as a Johannesburg gardener a month ago, 25-year-old Sibangani Tsikwe did what millions of men have done before him: seek their fortune deep underground in the gold mines that help to define South Africa.

The decision has probably cost him his life.

Equipped with little more than a head-torch, pick-axe, and nerves of steel, Tsikwe and a group of fellow Zimbabweans descended into the bowels of the earth on Sept. 5 via a derelict shaft at Johannesburg’s Langlaagte gold mine.

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