The Mining Industry in SA – Is it worth the human and environmental costs?

Workers On Wednesday 11 October
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Call in number 089 110 4207 

For over a century, the mining industry has been at the heart of South Africa’s economy. It laid the basis for the racist Apartheid system. Today there is a continued scramble by local and foreign investors for our mineral wealth, due to its high demand and profitability. However, while our government promotes mining as a job creator and supporter of Black Economic Empowerment, it seems like it has come at huge costs to mineworkers, their families, mining communities and the environment. In today’s show we take a critical look at mining and whether it is worth the costs.


  • Tiny Dlamini, resident of Snake Park, a mine-affected community in Doornkop, Soweto
  • David van Wyk, lead researcher Benchmarks Foundation

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