by Lisa Chamberlain
SOUTH Africa’s troubled mining industry loomed large in President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address last week, as it should have. Notably, Zuma announced the formation of an interministerial committee on the revitalisation of distressed mining communities under the leadership of the Minister in the Presidency responsible for planning, performance monitoring and evaluation, Jeff Radebe.
There is no question that SA’s mining industry is in crisis. The obvious example of this is the platinum-belt strike, which brought the grim realities of mine worker lives starkly into focus. But the labour issues are not the only problem. Mining communities experience a multiplicity of harms as a result of mining activity. Read the rest of the article-