South Africa Illegal Gold Mining

November 9, 2012 - 11:33 AM
In this Friday Nov. 2, 2012 photo an unidentified man lays bath towels on a conveyer to catch particles during their illegal gold mining in Roodepoort, South Africa. South Africa’s abandoned gold mines provide many of the country’s unemployed and immigrants with ways to earn money when odd jobs don’t provide a sustainable living. With an increased unemployment rate of 25.5 percent, many turn to illegal gold mining off a main road outside Johannesburg which hosts dozens of men hoping to strike it rich. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)