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So.Africa: Study shows mining communities do not always benefit from mining activities

Author: Sibongile Mashaba, The Star, South Africa

"Mining companies rake in huge profits while communities live in poverty" 17 January 2019

A new  study has found that the mining industry only benefits a few while condemning mining-affected communities to poverty and violence. The research, conducted in eight communities across South Africa, also found that mining-affected communities were faced with deteriorating health and well-being.The research, to be launched early next month, was conducted by ActionAid SA (AASA)...A total of 73% of respondents indicated that no individuals in their households were either currently employed or previously employed by the mine. Of the 27% who indicated that someone in their household was employed at a mine, 41% indicated that they were casual or manual jobs. A total of 79% indicated there was no benefit from the mines at all. Forty percent of women indicated that jobs are only accessible through sexual favours.

Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute executive director Francesca de Gasparis said: “Should government plans for mining not be stopped, their (the local community’s) way of life - which goes back more than 300 years - will be severely compromised.”

 

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