Mining wealth - worth its costs to the environment and affected communities?

Workers On Wednesday 1 August
broadcast on SAfm 104-107 and online, Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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For over a century, the mining industry was at the heart of South Africa’s economy. It is said that it is an industry in decline, currently contributing only 8% to SA’s economy. But there remains a scramble by local and foreign investors for our mineral wealth, due its high demand and profitability. However, while our government promotes mining as a job creator and for Black Economic Empowerment, 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 its costs.


  • Dr Asanda Benya – Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town
  • David van Wyk – Benchmarks Foundation



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