South Africa's Gold Mines and the Politics of Silicosis

South Africa's Gold Mines and the Politics of Silicosis

South Africa's gold mines are the largest and historically among the most profitable in the world. Yet at what human cost? This book reveals how the mining industry, abetted by a minority state, hid apandemic of silicosis for almost a century and allowed miners infected with tuberculosis to spread disease to rural communities in South Africa and to labour-sending states.

In the twentieth century, South African mines twice faced a crisis over silicosis, which put… (more)

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Publisher: James Currey (October 18, 2012)

Collection: African Issues

Parent ISBN: 9781847010599

Page count: 202 pages

Language: English


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