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Mines don’t benefit us – community residents

Is mining legislation failing communities in SA?

Residents of eight communities surveyed by ActionAid South Africa, say mining in their communities has not benefited them in any way and has left with environmental and health problems instead. 

The survey was conducted in communities in Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North West, Limpopo, Northern Cape, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. Of all people surveyed, only 13% felt that there was positive impact from mining in their communities, such employment, roads and clinics. 

Fatima Vally, mining and extractives project manager at ActionAid South Africa, talks to Classic Business Breakfast about what is driving this sentiment. 

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The mistake is, that when a miner (amongst thousands in the industry) receives his pay, he sends it to his family to live off. That’s the problem. He needs to ensure his pay goes the “the community” instead of his family. (wait…is the family not part of “the community”?)

When businesses make monthly salary payments, it do not (seem) to benefit salaried workers in SA. But we have a STRANGE phenomenon near month-end, that the ATM Teller queues gets longer.

Salaries also add to the obesity-disease rampant in SA, even found in poor communities. (I’m talking about “poor” in SA context, not the truly poor in other countries like parts of Africa, India, Asia, South America).

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