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.”
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.