TIME FOR A MINING TRUTH AND RECONCILITATION PROCESS IN SOUTH AFRICA?

World Mining Congress
A recent report commissioned by the South African Chamber of Mines, Mining Vision 2030, identifies the South African mining industry’s negative legacy, its exploitation of people and the environment, as the single biggest hurdle to maximizing the industry’s impact on national development. Industry leaders have identified the need to put the past ‘to rest’. With reference to three recent cases involving members of the South African mining industry, this paper points to the continuities between the past and present. It argues that the metaphor of ‘multiple crossings’ is more generative than the notion of putting the past ‘to rest’ for purposes of engaging with mining’s negative legacy.
Keywords: mining; Mines; Mine; Mines; Exploitation; South Africa; Environment; Labour; Mining industry;
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