Marikana: 4 years later, little has changed

Four years after police shot and killed 34 striking mineworkers at a koppie in Nkaneng informal settlement in Wonderkop near Marikana little has changed. There are still shacks erected on a dry clay soil – a sign of abject poverty. Nkaneng is one of many informal settlements surrounding platinum mines[…]

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Historic win for silicosis mineworkers

A lawyer for mineworkers suffering from diseases contracted at the mines welcomed the judgment on Friday which certified a class action by mineworkers against gold mining companies in South Africa.The Johannesburg court certified the class action brought by 69 workers against companies operating in the gold mining industry. Few class[…]

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Battle lines drawn as mineworker lawsuit begins

It has been dubbed the David versus Goliath class action lawsuit as mineworkers, who contracted a terminal illness while working underground, begin their fight against 32 mining giants. As court proceedings got under way on Monday, more than 200 civil society groups and friends of the court from Sonke Gender[…]

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