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About 13000 miners in the Free State, Vaal and on the East Rand have lost their livelihoods as a result of the provisional liquidation of Pamodzi Gold.
Orkney in the Vaal is a ghost town compared to what it was during its heyday.
Most stores are locked. Pupils hitchhike on the main road because their parents no longer have the money to pay for their transport home from school.
Abdul Wahed Alli, a store owner in Orkney, says: "I have been here for 20 years. Back then this area was a prime location."
Alli says he has virtually had no business over the past four months because miners are not getting paid anymore.
Nonni Khorae, a resident at the Orkney Mine hostel, says: "People are leaving their homes in town and moving to the hostels because it is cheaper."
The East Rand mine paints a similarly grim picture though it is the only mine still in operation.
Workers report for work daily and receive only 25percent of their monthly salaries.
"Life is very hard for us because some months we don't get paid at all," says Thandabantu Khonkwane, a miner at Pamodzi East Rand.
Mavis Nkabi, the wife of one of the miners, came from Eastern Cape to Johannesburg to collect money from her husband.
"We have 12 children and since they stopped paying us I can't afford to send money home for my children to go to school," Mkhululi Nkabi says.
Nkabi says she cannot go back home without any money because she does not have a job either.
Pamodzi Gold spokesperson Bongi Radebe says: "Some of the money earned by the East Rand mine is being used to keep the other two mines afloat."
The liquidation of Pamodzi follows the company's unsuccessful two-year struggle to raise funding.