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implatsheadgear smlIndependent News writes that a new study has found that the mining industry only benefits a few while condemning mining-affected communities to poverty and violence.  

The research, to be officially unveiled next month, was conducted by ActionAid SA (Aasa) on the socio, political and economic conditions of mining-affected communities in SA.  “(The) research completely debunked claims by the Minister (of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe), that mining will bring jobs and development to communities such as Xolobeni (in Eastern Cape),” the study found.  The research was conducted in eight communities across SA.  Among the findings were that 73% of respondents indicated that no individuals in their households were either currently employed or previously employed by the mine; of the 27% who said that someone in their household was employed at a mine, 41% indicated that they were casual or manual jobs; 79% indicated that there was no benefit from the mines at all; and 40% of women indicated that jobs were only accessible through sexual favours.  The study also found that mining-affected communities were faced with deteriorating health and well-being.  Aasa’s Christopher Rutledge commented that “the promise of progress and development driven by Social and Labour Plans and the Mining Charter are not evident.”

  • Read Sibongile Mashaba’s report in full at The Mercury

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