Miners busy with operations during their shift. AFP/Mujahid Safodien
JOHANNESBURG - One part of the local economy is surging at the moment.
The mining sector has seen sales jump almost 47-percent year-on-year in March to R75-billion.
Statistics SA says the numbers were boosted by record commodity prices and expectations that the world economy will grow faster than expected.
Platinum-group metal sales contributed most to the windfall, surging 76 percent.
Mining employs more than 450,000 people in South Africa and contributes about 8 percent to GDP.
The increased sales have helped strengthen the rand.