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22nd April 2024

Krugersdorp incident puts the spotlight on SA mine dumps

The recent gruesome incident of rape of eight women at the Krugersdorp mine dump has yet again placed South Africa’s mining dumps under the spotlight.Other than being a health hazard such as contaminated water and diseases – these abandoned mines have posed other risks for mining communities including attracting illegal miners loosely known as zama-zamas.Development economist and chair of Oxfam Phelisa Nkomo, says the solution would be for the government to regulate the mines and formalize mining by smaller players to alleviate unemployment. Phelisa Nkomo and Benchmarks Foundation lead researcher, David van Wyk join us for the following discussion…